To improve Windows Server I suggest you ...

Remove/hide Power button/icon from the Start Menu

Add a way, preferably via GPO, to remove/hide the Power Button from the Start Menu, or a way to move the Log Off action to the Power Button.

When you enable "Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep..." in a GPO. and remove the disconnect action, the Power Button still remains, and just opens up a blank menu. And I don't want my users to just see a useless button in the Start Menu.

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  • Rodney Bell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I put a Log Off shortcut on the Public Desktop for now. Agreed, this is dumb behavior on a terminal server.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    if server 2016 is used as a terminal server it is have a power button

  • Hans B commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "The fact that the buttons appear in the start menu is a by design behavior."
    If you set this GPO on <2016 servers the button dissapears, why would it be behavior by design on Windows 2016? It doesn't make sense on a Remote Desktop Server. In Windows 2012 R2 users would need to move the mouse over to the upper right corner to logoff. Finally they can limit their mouse movements and now logging of is a 3 step procedure. Come on Microsoft, fix it. Please, this is getting annoying. The mentioned GPO should do it all.

  • Mihail R commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Are there any updates on this? The empty power menu kinda confuses some of the users (they expect to be able to log off from there so either of the: 1) adding the "Log off" option or 2) completely hiding the menu options would work).

  • Rasmus Poulsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've had a support case with Microsoft Support about this, and they replied with the following: "The fact that the buttons appear in the start menu is a by design behavior".

  • Jonas Forsell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd also like to see this implemented as our main workload are RDSH servers and we dont want to confuse the users.

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