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10th February 2009, 10:31 AM #1
Why is the Shutdown button greyed out?
This is bloomin' annoying, mostly because it's my PC and I haven't been able to get to the bottom of this.
The PC in my office has Windows XP Pro on a vanilla server 2003 network. It's in the same OU as the Admin machines (Head, Bursar, Secretary, Registrar)
For some reason, the Shutdown button on the Windows Logon screen is greyed out. So to shut the PC down, you have to logon.
I have tried switching the PC to another OU, thinking its some sort of GPO issue, but that hasn't helped. Every other PC in the school has the Shutdown button; is mine trying to tell me I'm not allowed to go home?
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10th February 2009, 10:38 AM #2
Not something I've been asked before but I'd think its the GPO this KB Article speaks of.
Hope this helps.
Thanks to kmount from:
elsiegee40 (10th February 2009)
10th February 2009, 10:46 AM #3
can you not just press the power button???
10th February 2009, 10:57 AM #4
Yes, but I don't want to. Like I said, I've been living with it, but it's been getting on my nerves
Originally Posted by gibbo_ap
I hadn't thought of local GPO - brain clearly not in gear - and have now used this to force it to give me the Shutdown button (it was not specified locally which is as I'd expect). I suppose I'll have to do another trawl through the domain pols and try to work out why this PC misses out. It shouldn't as it's lumped in with others that work...
Originally Posted by kmount
10th February 2009, 11:01 AM #5
It's a normal policy on a server iirc (stop someone opening a TS session and clicking shutdown!) maybe your machine's inheriting funny policies.
Crack out gpresult!
10th February 2009, 11:07 AM #6
10th February 2009, 11:10 AM #7
By default a workstation should have the shutdown button enabled (it's disabled for server) and after checking through the group policies there was nothing to change that. (apparently)
Now overriden by enabling it on the local machine, but I shouldn't have to do that.
10th February 2009, 11:25 AM #8
Could it have been from an old policy that was set? If your machine was the only one that picked it up originally(maybe some old testing?) then moving to another OU that didn't have a setting would leave it in it's current state.
Unless of course your new setting specifies the shutdown button(at which point ignore me, I'm talking rubbish )
10th February 2009, 11:38 AM #9
if you delete the hidden c:\windows\system32\GroupPolicy folder that will reset everything and might help sort it
10th February 2009, 11:45 AM #10
I know M$ do a GP Tool which you can run on a cleint to see what GP has been applied.....cant remember where or naming though.
10th February 2009, 11:53 AM #11
Originally Posted by IanT
19th March 2010, 10:24 AM #12
Originally Posted by IanT
19th March 2010, 10:30 AM #13
you can also use group policy management console to do group policy modelling.
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
19th March 2010, 11:10 AM #14
19th March 2010, 11:27 AM #15
True, but I had this issue today and these threads/this forum unfortunately doesn't appear to have a feature acknowledging approved/agreed final solutions aka Experts Exchange - The #1 resource on the web for solving technology problems.
Even a blatant thumbs up or highlight feature would be awesome
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