How to Add Shutdown Button to Windows 8.1, Windows 10 if it’s Missing

By: Marian Cularea
3 minute read

Did you upgraded to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 and your shutdown button has gone missing? Well there is a feature in Windows 8.1, Windows 10 that you can try in order to bring back your shutdown button and it will take just 5 minutes of your time and although it is easy to bring back your shutdown button in Windows 8.1 you should be very careful not to damage any other system files while doing the tutorial below.
add shutdown button Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Depending if you have a Windows 8.1 tablet, phone, PC or laptop the shutdown button feature might be enabled which it means that you can see it or it can be disabled for a specific type like your PC’s or laptop’s. Doing the tutorial below will show you how you can add the shutdown button if it’s missing and also how to remove it if you ever wish in the future.

Tutorials for adding the shutdown button to Windows 8.1, Windows 10

First tutorial:

  1. Press and hold the button “Windows” and the button “R” to open the Run window.
  2. In the box that appears you will need to write “regedit”.
  3. Hit “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  4. A Registry Editor Window should pop up.
  5. On the right side of the Window double click (left click) on “HKEY_CURRENT_USER”.
  6. In the “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” folder double click (left click) on “Software” folder.
  7. In the “Software” folder double click (left click) on “Microsoft” folder.
  8. In the “Microsoft” folder double click (left click) on the “Windows” folder.
  9. In the “Windows” folder double click (left click) on the “CurrentVersion” folder.
  10. In the “CurrentVersion” folder double click (left click) on “ImmersiveShell” folder.
  11. Now right click on the “ImmersiveShell” folder and left click on the “New” feature.
  12. In the “New” sub menu left click on “Key”
  13. It will create a new sub-folder which you will need to name it “Launcher”.
  14. Now left click on the “Launcher” folder to select it.
  15. In the right pane you will need to right click on an open space and select “DWORD (32 bit) Value” .
  16. Name the value “Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen”
  17. Now for the Shutdown button to be enabled you will have to set the value from the “Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen” to “1”.
    Note: If the value remains “0” the shutdown button will not appear.
  18. Reboot the Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 device in order for the changes to take effect and your shutdown button will reappear to suit your needs.

Second tutorial:

This is a quicker way to do that steps above by downloading a “.bat” file to do all them for you but for a more detailed understanding on what exactly you modify in the registries it is recommended to do the first tutorial.

  1. Now you will need to download the “.bat” file from left clicking on the link below.
    Download here program for adding the shutdown button
  2. You will need to left click on the “Save” button and select the directory where you want to place it.
    Note: it is recommended to save it to your desktop for a quicker accessibility.
  3. Double click (left click) on the file you downloaded.
  4. Left click on the “Run” button when the UAC pops up.
  5. Let the batch file run for a couple of seconds.
  6. Reboot the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC.
  7. You now have the shutdown button present in your Windows operating system

So these are the two tutorials that you can follow to add the shutdown button to your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 device and although in some cases you really don’t need the shutdown button present it is still a good idea to know from where you can do it if you want it in the future.

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