Since about two weeks, pressing Alt-F4 on the desktop no long offers 'Shut down' as the default action. Instead, it shows 'Switch user' on top:

Windows 10 Shut Down dialog

So I can no longer just press Alt-F4 and press return, which is annoying.

Strangely, it also always shows 'Update and restart' in the option dropdown, even when no updates are scheduled:

Windows 10 Shut Down dialog with dropdown open

Now that I think about it, I wonder why it doesn't offer 'Hiberate' as an option, because I do have that enabled. So clearly, that dialog somehow got messed up.

I already found this article that shows a registry hack to revert the default action back to 'Shut Down', but it has no effect. I also tried choosing that 'Update and restart' option to see whether it would disappear, but it does not -- and in any case, 'Switch user' is still on top and default.

What might be causing this and how can I fix it?

  • I'd recommend trying the solutions in Power Options Missing from Start Menu in Windows 10. For adding Hibernate, see How to Add or Remove Hibernate from Power Menu in Windows 10. FYI: Hibernate only works the way it was intended (i.e. fast resume) with certain hardware configurations. If you have an SSD, ensure Fast Startup is disabled (within BIOS/EFI and the OS), else it will slow down reboots and resuming from hibernation. – JW0914 Jul 30 '19 at 4:52
  • I noticed after the last time I restarted my computer to install updates recently, it rearranged the menu on me as well. I could do Win-D, ArrowUp, Enter to go into Sleep mode before. – Elaskanator Jun 11 at 20:40

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.