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Windows 8 Shutdown Tile

With Windows 8, most of us are using hardware that was designed and produced before Windows 8 and therefore does not take advantage of the Windows 8 power management and fast boot services. Chances are that has made tasks like shutting down a Windows 8 computer appear to take more steps than you would like...


Paul Gregory | 22 November 2012

With Windows 8, most of us are using hardware that was designed and produced before Windows 8 and therefore does not take advantage of the Windows 8 power management and fast boot services. Chances are that has made tasks like shutting down a Windows 8 computer appear to take more steps than you would like...

Whereas it would be quite easy to add a shutdown, a script has been developed and placed on the TechNet Gallery website which makes it much easier to add the Shutdown, Logoff and Restart functions to the Start screen - especially if you wish to add them via a script for mass rollout.

The download contains a PowerShell module to add the icons. Having downloaded the module and extracted the files open an Administrator PowerShell prompt (from the start screen type PowerShell, right click the icon and click 'RunAs Administrator' from the bar at the bottom of the screen). From the folder the files have been extracted to, enter the following commands:

  1. Set-Executionolicy Unrestricted (if required)
  2. Import-module CreateWindowsTile
  3. Run one or more of the following commands:
    • New-OSCWindowsTile- This will create all three icons
    • New-OSCWindowsTile -ShutdownTile or CreateShutDownTileto create the Shutdown tile only
    • New-OSCWindowsTile -RestartTile or CreateRestartTileto create the Restart tile only
    • New-OSCWindowsTile -LogoffTile or CreateLogoffTile to create the Logoff tile only

Please watch this video to see this feature in action, or for more in-depth support, attend one of our excellent Windows 8 courses.


QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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