IS there anyway I can remove the Shutdown button from Windows Server and replace it with Restart button? I know how to disable/remove Shutdown button through Local Computer policy but I don't know how to replace it with Restart button

  • ok,as a revision to my previous question, even if there's no way to replace the shutdown button with Restart; Is there a way to remove "shutdown" list item from the Shutdown options dialog which opens up after you clicked the Shutdown button? – BlueGene Jun 2 '09 at 14:28

Why not disable shutdown the Shutdown button and use a shortcut on your desktop or quicklaunch bar to restart?

Right-click on your desktop and select New> Shortcut

In the Type the location of the item: textbox enter %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r

The -r parameter is used to restart the computer.

The following two parameters can be used with -r: -f Forces running applications to close without warning. -t xx Set timeout for restart to xx seconds.

The following command would reboot the computer instantly. %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r -f -t 00

Click the Next > button and Name your shortcut.

Hope this helps.

  • I think I almost solved this problem. What I did is a combination of your solution and local computer policy setting. First removed shutdown button from start menu through local computer policy setting then I created a shortcut for restart in start menu by customizing(Taskbar properties>Start Menu>customize>Add) it. What you finally see in the start menu, is a restart button. – BlueGene Jun 2 '09 at 20:07
  • Great to be of assistance. – Hondalex Jun 2 '09 at 21:57

We only leave the Log Off button on the start menu (set through Group Policy - User/Admin Templates/Start Menu and Taskbar). All administrators are required to use the "shutdown" command line to either shutdown or restart the server.

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