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    Power Button on Start Screen - Add or Remove

    Power Button on Start Screen - Add or Remove
    How to Add or Remove Power Button on Start Screen in Windows 8.1 Update
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    10 Apr 2014
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    How to Add or Remove Power Button on Start Screen in Windows 8.1 Update


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    The Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, added a Power button on the Start screen.

    On some devices you may not see the Power button. On devices that are not tablets like laptops, desktop PCs and All-in-Ones, the Power button should appear on the Start screen after installing the update. On most tablets you will not see the Power button on the Start screen as they have connected standby and a physical power button that lets you quickly shut down or put the device to sleep. However, on tablets larger than 8.5-inches without connected standby, you will see the Power button on the Start screen.


    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Power button from the top right corner of your Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update.


    EXAMPLE: Power button on Start screen

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    Here's How:

    Note   Note
    The .bat files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Launcher

    Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen DWORD

    0 = Remove
    1 = Add



    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Add Power Button on your Start Screen

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Add_Power_Button_on_Start_Screen.bat

    download

    3. To Remove Power Button from your Start Screen

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Remove_Power_Button_on_Start_Screen.bat

    download

    4. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run it.

    5. If prompted, click/tap on Run.
    NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.

    6. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted to apply the setting.




    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Windows8.1


    I did this download to add the power button on my other computer. I clicked to open it and create a desktop shortcut. Suddenly I lost everything and was left with a blank screen. I switched off the computer by the power button. When I switched it on again I got the usual lock screen and was able to put in my password. Then all that happens is I am left with a blank screen again. How do I get everything back?

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    Hello Susie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The .bat file also restarts explorer to apply the changes. It sounds like something interfered with explorer restarting.

    You can do this below to open explorer. Afterwards, you should be good to go.

    • Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys to open Task Manager.
    • Click on File (menu bar) and Run new task.
    • Type explorer in the "Create new task" dialog, and click on OK.
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    Windows8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Susie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The .bat file also restarts explorer to apply the changes. It sounds like something interfered with explorer restarting.

    You can do this below to open explorer. Afterwards, you should be good to go.

    • Press the CTRL+SHIFT+ESC keys to open Task Manager.
    • Click on File (menu bar) and Run new task.
    • Type explorer in the "Create new task" dialog, and click on OK.
    Hello Brink

    Thank you for your reply. The situation has actually resolved itself. I had to go away and do something else for a while. When I came back to look at it again, everything had come back up, complete with power button. Perhaps I was being a bit impatient and hadn't allowed enough time for it to complete the operation. Anyway, everything is good and thank you for your help
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    Great news. It should have only taken a second to finish. Something running had interrupted or delayed explorer restarting.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It's pretty poor that we have to resort to the registry for all these changes. I have a folder of these .reg files that I have to run every time I receive an update, as it tends to reset the registry changes.
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    Hello Daniel,

    Yeah, we've had some major updates lately that would have reset things back to default. Hopefully the next Windows 8.1 Update 2 to be released soon will be the last for a while that resets things.
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    Windows 8.1


    I downloaded the bat file and ran it on my Acer Iconia W3, but it didn't add the shutdown button to the start page. Any additional help would be appricated as I would like to eliminate that extra step when shutting down the tablet.
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    Hello Tatha, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    This would require that you have Windows 8.1 Update installed. Double check to make sure that you have all Windows Updates installed. You may need to check for additional updates after finished installing any current ones to see if you have more available.

    Windows Update - Check for and Install in Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, Brink,

    I do have the 8.1 update and I checked for additonal updates before I downloaded the bat file.

    I just checked through the registry editor and the value is set to 1, so the power button should be there, right?
    Last edited by tatha; 11 Aug 2014 at 10:56. Reason: Additional information
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