This article provides steps to add or remove the power button from the Windows 11 sign-in screen via local security policy or the Windows registry editor. The power button allows shutting down the computer without signing in. Settings can be changed in the Local Security Policy Editor or in the Registry Editor. A restart is required for changes to apply.
This article describes the steps to add or remove the power button on the sign-in screen in Windows 11.
By default, you can Shutdown your computer without signing into Windows. All Windows computers have a button on the sign-in screen that allows you to put your computer to sleep, hibernate, shut down, or restart.
Windows also has a policy setting to remove the power button from the sign-in screen. This setting determines whether you can shut down a device without signing in to Windows.
Below is how to add or remove the power button on the sign-in screen when using Windows 11.
Add or remove the power button on the sign-in screen via the local security policy.
As described above, a power button is added to the Windows sign-in screen by default. It allows users to shut down the computer without signing into Windows.
Here’s how to add or remove it.
First, open the Local Security Policy Editor. You can also use the command secpol—msc to launch it.
In the Local Security Policy Editor, expand the Local Policies folders in the left pane and select the Security Options folder.
On the right, double-click the policy “Shutdown: Allow the system to be shut down without having to log on.”
On the policy window, select one of the options below:
- Enabled – Show the power button on the sign-in screen.
- Disabled – Remove the power button on the sign-in screen.
Save your settings and exit.
Display or remove the power button on the sign-in screen Windows 11
Alternatively, users can use the Windows registry editor to show or hide the power button on the sign-in screen.
First, open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path listed below.
If you don’t see the System folder key, right-click on the Policies parent key, then create the subkey (System) folder.
Right-click on the System folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named shutdownwithoutlogon.
Double-click the new value name (shutdownwithoutlogon) and enter the Value data of 1 to show the power button on the sign-in screen.
A Value data of 0 will hide the power button on the sign-in screen.
That should do it. Restart your computer for the changes to apply.
The power button is shown and hidden on the sign-in screen example below:
That should do it!
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