Disable ‘Sleep’ From the Windows Shutdown Button

KB ID 0000851 


You want to stop your users being able to select the ‘Sleep’ option from the Windows 7 power button via group policy.

Remove Sleep from Windows 7


1. On a domain controller Windows Key+R> gpmc.msc {enter} > The Group Policy Management Console will open.

2. Navigate to where you want to create your policy, or edit an existing one,

Note: This is a computer policy, make sure the policy is linked to an OU that contains computers NOT users.

3. Navigate to;

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Management > Sleep Settings

4. Locate the “Enable “Turn Off Hybrid Sleep” and set to Enable.

5. Locate the “Allow Standby States (S1-S3) when sleeping” and set to Disable,.

Group Policy Remove Sleep

Note: There’s also an ‘on battery’ policy if you have mobile clients.

6. Then either reboot the clients, wait a couple of hours, or manually run “gpupdate /force” on them.

Note: With Server 2012 you can force all computers in an OU to refresh group policy.

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