How to Remove Sleep From the Windows 7 Start Menu

By default, Windows 7 owners cannot remove the "Sleep" option from the shut-down menu. You won't find this ability listed under the Control Panel or anyone else for that matter. But you can explore a viable solution that requires you add a new key to the Windows Registry. To do this, you will need to access the built-in Registry Editor program. Adding new keys to the Registry is an advanced technical skill. Perform this task only if you feel comfortable with advanced editing of the Windows operating system.

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Click the "Start" menu and type "regedit" into the search box. Hit the "Enter" key.

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Go to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" folder on the left pane and click the "Software" directory. From there, go to "Policies" and then "Microsoft."

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Right-click the "Microsoft" listing, select "New" and then click "Key." Type the name as "Power."

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Right-click the "Power" listing, select "New" and then click "Key" again. Type the name as "PowerSettings."

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Right-click the "PowerSettings" folder, select "New" and click "Key." For the key's name, type or copy and paste this text exactly as it appears:

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abfc2519-3608-4c2a-94ea-171b0ed546ab

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Go to the right pane and right-click a blank area. Select "New" and click "DWord (32-bit) value." Type the name as "ACSettingIndex" and hit "Enter" on your keyboard.

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Right-click the "ACSettingIndex" listing and select "Modify." The value should be set to zero. If it isn't, change the value accordingly.

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Go to the "File" menu and select "Exit." After closing the Registry Editor, restart your computer. When the operating system reloads, you will notice the "Sleep" option from the shut-down menu is grayed out. Users on the computer won't be able to select it and force the computer into sleep mode.