Yes, I know Windows 7 support is ending really soon and there are plans to convert to Windows 10. However, in the meantime, I would still like to do this.

On the login screen, there is a button to shutoff the computer. To restart the computer, you need to click the drowpdown and select the restart option instead. Is there a way to make restart the default option?

I tried searching online and like 99% of what I found was just talking about how to change the login screen's background image. Most of the other pages where about autologin and how to remove the button altogether. I don't want to remove it, I just want to change it from shutdown to restart.

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The Login screen "power button" has no config parameter except (as you know) disabling/removing it or change its appearance. This simply wasn't implemented by Microsoft. I would guess this was mainly for security reasons. If the code is less complex the risk of intrusion is lower (which is a relevant factor at before the logon of authenticated users because simply speaking anyone has access at this point) - but it's just a guess.

However, you can enter a little deeper and modify the logon screen by modifying the windows code (or dll-files etc.) itself. There are quite a few threads out there, e.g. this one. But if you wanna go this way superuser propable isn't the right community for these questions.

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    Andrew is asking for a method to change the SIGN-IN menu not the power button action.
    – Honk
    Oct 18, 2019 at 22:55
  • @LightlySalted changed my answer, please review again.
    – Albin
    Oct 19, 2019 at 1:36

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