"Logoff" And "Shutdown" Missing From Start Menu When You Use Remote Desktop

When you are using Remote Desktop and connect to a Windows XP Professional computer, the Log Off and Shutdown commands are missing from the Start menu.

The Classic Start menu does not have these commands.

By default, Disconnect is the only command that is listed on the Classic Start menu. By default, the Log Off command is available when you use the standard Start menu. To return the Log Off command to the Classic Start menu:

  1. Right-click the taskbar, and then click Properties.

  2. Click the Start Menu tab.
  3. The option for Classic Start menu should be selected. Click Customize.
  4. Under Advanced Start menu options, click to select the Display Log Off check box, click OK, and then click OK.

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  • http://ShutupandReboot.net Sam

    Basically it involves a shortcut to some very simple VB code which brings up the standard ‘Shut Down Windows’ Dialog Box.

    So here’s the VB Code which needs to be copied to a new.vbs file:

    Dim Shell
    Set Shell = WScript.CreateObject (“Shell.Application”)

    After this you just need to create a shortcut to this in the start menu and assign the standard ‘Shutdown’ icon to it! What you end up with is this:


    Once you click on the icon the standard ‘Shut Down Windows’ dialog appears as if you were doing it from a non-RDP session!


    I haven’t been able to find a way to move the icon any lower in the start menu (although this is apparently possible when using the XP style start menu as opposed to the classic style I’m using.

    So all-in-all, pretty easy & effective! Sure it’s on the wrong end of the start menu, but hey, at least the functionality and ease of use are still there!

    The only downside I can think of is that depending on your user setup you might get duplicate shutdown icons.

    Hope this helps someone!


  • http://ShutupandReboot.net Sam

    Oops, missed out some text on that last post & also the BB codes don’t work.

    Should have been:

    In my experience this tip doesn’t actually restore the ‘Shut Down’ icon to the start menu in an RDP session, only the ‘Disconnect’ icon. However I’ve discovered a way to get around this limitation.