5 Ways to Fix "There Are Currently No Power Options Available" on Windows

The "There are currently no power options available" message on Windwos 11

Seeing the "There are currently no power options available" message when trying to access the power options menu in Windows via the Start menu can be a little daunting. You won't be able to use the "Restart," "Shutdown," "Sleep," and "Hibernate" commands as expected. This guide provides five fixes to bring the power options back after seeing that message in Windows.

Good to know: if your computer is not going to sleep mode even after being idle for quite some time, we have a few solutions.

Quick Fixes to Try First

Sometimes you can easily fix Windows problems without going down the troubleshooting rabbit hole. To get those power options back quickly, try these simple but potentially effective fixes:

  • Use the Power Troubleshooter: run the Power Troubleshooter to scan your Windows PC for any power configurations that are causing problems, including the ones that can make the power options unavailable, and get them fixed.
  • Fix corrupted system files: if the problem is the result of corrupted system files, running the System File Checker (SFC) is the quickest way to resolve the issue.

1. Reset the Current Power Plan

If the quick fixes didn't work for you, maybe resetting the power plan will. A reset can revert any harmful changes to the power plan's configuration and potentially get rid of the "There are currently no power options available" error.

  1. Right-click Start, and select "Terminal (Admin)" from the menu.
Clicking Terminal (Admin) from the WinX menu.
  1. Click "Yes" on the UAC warning to let Terminal make changes to your PC.
  2. Enter the below command in the PowerShell tab, which is usually the default tab when you launch Terminal, and hit Enter.
powercfg –restoredefaultschemes
Typing and executing command in PowerShell.
  1. Check whether the power options are available.

Tip: get up to speed with these essential PowerShell commands you should know!

2. Use the Local Group Policy Editor

There's a policy in the Local Group Policy Editor that may be enabled. If it is, it's probably the reason you can't access the power options.

  1. Press Win + R to launch the Run window, enter "gpedit.msc" in the text box, and click "OK."
Typing gpedit.msc command in Run window.
  1. Navigate to the "User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar" folder.
  2. On the right side, look in the "State" column for the "Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, and Hibernate commands" policy. If it says "Enabled," double-click the policy to edit it.
Accessing "Start menu and taskbar" folder in Group Policy Editor.
  1. Click on the "Disabled" radio button, then click "OK."
Select "Disabled" for the "Remove and prevent access to the Shut Down" policy in Group Policy editor.

3. Go Through the Registry Editor

The Registry Editor also includes a key that can disable the power options. Check to make sure it has the right value.

  1. Launch the Run window, enter "regedit" in the text box, and click "OK."
Typing "regedit" in Run window.
  1. Click "Yes" to allow the Registry Editor to make changes to your PC.
  1. Navigate to the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer" key, then double-click the "NoClose" value.
Navigating to NoClose value in Registry Editor.
  1. Enter 0 in the "Value data" text box, and click "OK."
Changing "Value data" for NoClose value.
  1. If the "NoClose" value is not there, create it by right-clicking the "Explorer" key in the right panel and selecting "New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value."
Creating the NoClose value in the Registry Editor.
  1. Name the value you just created "NoClose." You don't need to open it up for editing if you just created it, as "Value data" will already be "0."
  2. Check whether the power options have returned.

Tip: learn how to back up and restore the registry in case something goes wrong while you're tweaking it.

4. Check the Local Security Policy Editor

If there's a problem with the configuration of the security policy that handles access to power options, it could lead to them being unavailable. Fix this issue in the Local Security Policy Editor.

  1. You'll need to know the full name of your profile. Learn what it is by pressing Win + R to launch the Run window, entering "control panel," and clicking "OK" to open Control Panel.
Launching Control Panel from Windows Run.
  1. Navigate to "User Accounts."
Clicking on "User Accounts" in Control Panel.
  1. Click on the "Configure advanced user profile properties" link on the left.
The "Configure Advanced User Profiles Properties" link in Control Panel
  1. Take note of the full name of your profile in the "User Profiles" window.
User Profile Name in the User Profiles dialog box.
  1. Press Win + R to bring up the Run window, enter "secpol.msc" in the text box, and click "OK" to open the Local Security Policy Editor.
Opening the Local Security Policy Editor.
  1. Go to the "Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment" folder in the left panel, then double-click the "Shut down the system" policy in the right panel.
Navigating to "Shut down the system" policy under Local Security Policy.
  1. Select "Backup Operators," and click "Add User or Group" in the next window.
"Add User Group" button and "Backup Operators" option highlighted in the "Shut down the system Properties dialog box.
  1. Enter the full name of your profile, click the "Check Names" button, then click "OK."
adding a new user or group in the Local Security Policy Editor
  1. Click "OK" to close the window.
The "Shut Down the System Properties" dialog box.
  1. Restart your Windows PC, and check whether you can access the power options.

FYI: if you get the message "This installation is forbidden by system policy" on your PC, try these fixes.

5. Reset Your Windows Installation

If you have tried all the steps above and still don't have access to the power options in Start, then resetting your Windows PC may do the trick. This will return Windows to the settings it had when you first installed it.

If you think that's too drastic, you can opt to do a System Restore instead. This uses a restore point to revert the system's state to that of a previous point in time when the power options were still available.

Regain Access to Power Options on Windows

If you can't access the power options in Start, it means you can't easily shut down, restart, or hibernate your computer, or put it to sleep. The fixes outlined in this guide should help you get to the bottom of the issue to return to normal use of the power options. When they become available again, learn whether it's better to shut off your PC entirely when you're done using it or just put it to sleep. Also, learn how to prevent Windows from waking up from sleep.

Chifundo Kasiya
Chifundo Kasiya

Chifundo is a tech writer who loves all things computers and gaming. He has been a freelancer writer for over 10 years and loves tackling complex topics so he can break them down for everyone to understand. He is also an artist, game programmer, and amateur philosopher. As a tech writer for MTE, he focuses mainly on Windows.

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