Here is one of the biggest changes in Windows 8: the Shutdown, Restart, and Logoff buttons are removed from the Windows start menu. The new location of these basic buttons is not very discoverable. Many users want to shut down or reboot Windows with just one click. Today’s tip tells you how to add the Shutdown, Restart and Logoff button back to the Start menu as is shown below.
In order to add the Shutdown, Restart and Logoff buttons back to the Windows 8 start menu, you need to run a short PowerShell script. It is a little technical, so we created a 2-min video to guide you step by step.
The script mentioned in this video can be downloaded from http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Create-a-ShutdownRestartLog-37c8111d.
Here are the detailed steps in case that you cannot watch the video.
Step1: Search “Windows PowerShell” in the Windows 8 start menu, and launch it.
Step2: Enter the following command in the Windows PowerShell console:
Step3: Download the script package from http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Create-a-ShutdownRestartLog-37c8111d, and extract it to your local folder C:\Script\. If the folder does not exist, please create the folder first.
Step4: In the PowerShell console, type the following command:
Type the New-OSCWindowsTile command in the Windows PowerShell Console. This command will add the shutdown, restart and logoff Windows 8 tiles to the Start menu.
As you can see in the following picture, the shutdown, restart and logoff Windows 8 tiles are created successfully.