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How To Remove Sleep Option from the Vista Shutdown Menu

Recently ran into an issue with a Windows Vista desktop system that the client kept putting the system to sleep with the desktop and was causing issues. If this was a laptop I wouldn’t want to remove the Sleep option from the menu, but being a desktop it was not such a big issue.

  • Click Start, Run
  • Type “regedit”
  • To disable sleep for all users, go to HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\
  • In the right pane, right click and choose New > Key and type Power
  • Create another key, in the right pane, right click and choose New > Key and type PowerSettings
  • Create a final key in the right pane, right click and choose New > Key and type abfc2519-3608-4c2a-94ea-171b0ed546ab

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  • Now, in the right pane, right click and choose DWord (32 bit)-value and type ACSettingIndex
  • Double click the new entry and set it’s value to 0 (Hexadecimal)
  • Reboot or logoff and logon and sleep is gone from the shutdown menu.

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If you want to put the sleep option back all you have to do is delete the HKey_Local_Machine\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Power key.

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