How To Enable Shutdown without logging in

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 ·

With Windows NT, enabling the shutdown button on the logon screen was as simple as editing the registry at HKEY_LOCALMAC_HINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion/Winlogon\ShutdownWithoutLogon , changing the value from 0 to 1.

But with windows 2000, it's no longer that simple. Sure the registry key is still there, but changing it, will not have any effect, as next time you logon, it will have changed back. The reason for this is because there is a group plolicy setting, that overrides your registry setting. To change the setting for good type gpedit.msc in the start->run dialog, and the Group Policy Tool should start.

The setting you want is tucked right down at Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> Allow system to be shut down without having to log on

That’s a long way down, change the setting to enabled, and you should be set !