Sometimes, you might not find the power options in the designated menu in Windows 11 and instead see an error message “There are currently no power options available.” A few reasons for the error could be insufficient account permissions, system file corruption, corrupt power plan, bugs in the system update, incorrect value in the Windows registry, or outdated battery driver
This is the exact error message:
- Due to the error, the Restart, Sleep, Shutdown, and Hibernate options will be unavailable in the Start menu.
- The power options may disappear due to a corrupt power plan, outdated battery driver, faulty system files, and bugs in system updates.
- Removing malware and viruses, running the Windows power troubleshooter, and editing the Windows registry can resolve the error.
Try the primary fixes, such as power cycling your PC and updating the battery driver. If they don’t work, feel free to proceed to the advanced solutions mentioned below. Furthermore, learn what to do if the sleep option is missing in Windows 11.
As per my experience, updating Windows is crucial as it keeps your system up-to-date and safeguards it from system functionality glitches and security risks. To work around the error, try updating Windows and check if you can view power options by clicking the icon again.
Edit Windows Registry
Editing the Windows Registry can help fix different errors, including the “There are currently no power options available” error. However, make sure to be extremely careful while editing it, as it contains important files.
Here’s how to edit:
- Access Run with Windows+R > Type regedit > Hit the Enter.
- Navigate the key on the Registry Editor’s left section,
- Look if a NoClose entry is available under the key and check its value.
- If the value is set as 1, it is the error’s culprit. Double-click on the entry > Change the value to 0 > Hit OK > Restart PC.
On Reddit, some users also claimed that editing the registry brought back the power options for them.
Remove Malware And Virus
Malicious software programs can disrupt system functions and cause errors in the core computing functions, such as the power options issue you’re facing. So, get rid of malware or virus on your system. It worked for me and could be your problem solver in eliminating the power options availability error.
Fix Power Options
A credible fix that became my lifesaver in solving the trouble is fixing the power options. It’s a simple method in which you’ll need to run the powercfg command.
Here’s how to run the command:
- Launch the Command Prompt with admin privileges.
- Execute the command line:
- In case the above commands don’t function, then use the alternative:
- Once the commands finish successfully running, restart the system.
Run The Executable File Command
The Command Prompt is an excellent tool, and it can be used to solve different problems that you may encounter while using your PC. I used the Taskkill.exe command, and it brought back the power options for me.
Here’s how to execute the command:
- Open the Command Prompt in administrator mode.
- Run the given commands one by one:
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F Explorer.exe
While researching the error, I found that the same method worked for several people on YouTube as well.
Run The Power Troubleshooter
An efficient way to eliminate the error and make the power options appear on the Start menu again is to run the Windows power troubleshooter.
Here’s how to run the troubleshooter:
- Access Settings > Highlight System on left > Troubleshoot.
- Go for Other Troubleshooters > Scroll to the Power section > Run.
- If the utility finds an issue, hit Apply and follow the instructions on the screen > Restart system.
While working on the issue, if you’re struggling to solve the glitch in the discussion, resetting your Windows PC option can be used as a last resort. By resetting the operating system, Windows is restored to its original state.
After installing the newer Windows updates on my computer, I noticed that the power options menu was gone. Moreover, users across multiple forums, like HP Support Community and Microsoft Community, seemed to have the same issue. There has been no official response from Microsoft Support, but the above-mentioned workarounds were helpful in my case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the power options error in Windows 11, you may be unable to view or change the feature’s settings, such as Hibernate, Shutdown, Restart, and Sleep.
Outdated battery driver, a corrupted power plan, a glitch in Windows registry value, and a system file corruption issue are some reasons for the problem.
Edit the Windows registry, run the Taskkill.exe or powercfg commands, use the Windows power troubleshooter, and update the battery driver to fix the error.
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