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(2012-03-06) Start Menu And Shutdown/Restart Buttons In Windows Server “8” Beta

Posted by Jorge on 2012-03-06

Right after the installation of Windows Server “8”, one thing you definitely note is the absence of the good old Start Menu. To find the Start Menu, just press the Windows Key or move your mouse to the lower left corner of the screen. A small windows pops up and when you click that small window the Start Menu in tiles format (Metro UI) appears.


Figure 1: Finding The Start Menu In Windows Server “8”.

And as already shown in Windows Server “8” Developer Preview, the new Start Menu looks like you see below. In the developer preview it was possible to switch back to the good old start menu layout by using the steps as mentioned here. Unfortunately that does not work anymore. I have not found the way yet, to get the old Start Menu back as in Windows Server 2008 R2.


Figure 2: The Start Menu In Windows Server “8” In Tiles Format (Metro UI).

Although the above looks fancy I do not think I would want this on my servers. On servers I still prefer to have the old Start Menu. But now you have found the Start Menu, try to find the Shutdown/Restart/Logoff buttons! These are available, but not in the Start Menu as you are used to. To find the Shutdown/Restart button move your mouse to the upper right corner of the screen (or the lower right corner of the screen). Three icons on the right side of the screen popup as you see below.


Figure 2: Finding The Shutdown/Restart Button In Windows Server “8”

The upper button is the Search button.

The middle button also provides access to the Start Menu.

The lower button is the Settings button and that’s the one you need as you can see below!


Figure 3: The Power Button

The power button is the one you need to be able to shutdown or restart the server. Weird enough no logoff option is shown. I have not found it either. For now to just logoff, open up and PowerShell window and type LOGOFF, or press CTRL+R and type LOGOFF, or press CTRL+ALT+DEL and select “Sign Out”.


Figure 4: The Shutdown And Restart Buttons In Windows Server “8”

UPDATE 2012-03-16:

The logoff button can be found by clicking on the new start menu followed by clicking on the user name in the upper right corner. After that you will see two options.


Figure 5: The Lock And Sign Out Buttons In Windows Server “8”

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6 Responses to “(2012-03-06) Start Menu And Shutdown/Restart Buttons In Windows Server “8” Beta”

  1. Niko said

    Haha I noticed the same thing. Ended up logging off to find the shutdown button first time around 😉


  2. Hi, Jorge,

    With regard to the logoff button that you mention you were unable to find, this can be found on the Start Menu by clicking the icon for the user account in the top right hand corner. You’ll see options for ‘Lock’ and ‘Sign out’.

    Steve G


  3. […] by Jorge on 2012-03-27 As you may already have understood from this blog post, the look and feel of Windows Server “8” has changed. This also applies to finding your admin […]


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  5. ICTcity said

    Ehi… but why Microsoft doesn’t make things a bit more funny? I mean… why not hide all the commands somewhere so nobody knows how to logoff / shutdown / … why we need to have the shutdown, restart, logoff, lock buttons all together? Naaaa put each button somewhere…

    With the first SP we will notice that when you open AD manager the calculator will pop up… just to confuse intruders 🙂

    I think I will move to Core edition… I can’t really work with this gui. But working with the command line make me think about Linux…


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