Reboot or Shutdown from Remote Desktop Connection

Reboot or Shutdown from Remote Desktop Connection: The following simple solution covers the process of rebooting a machine from a remote location or shutting down a remote computer. The process assumes your using Microsoft’s (RDC) or "Remote Desktop Connection". By default, Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Connection only enables a user to disconnect or log off. This solution will allow you to Shutdown or Reboot that remote PC.

How to Reboot or Shutdown a Machine from Remote Desktop

Windows Vista Remote Desktop Shutdown – Reboot:

  1. Click Start from the taskbar
  2. From the "Start Search" box type one of the following commands and press Enter:

    shutdown -f to shutdown
    shutdown -r -f to reboot
    shutdown -i -f to display the Shutdown Dialog Menu

Windows XP Remote Desktop Shutdown – Reboot:

  1. Click Start > Run from the taskbar
  2. Type one of the following commands and click OK:

    shutdown -f to shutdown
    shutdown -r -f to reboot
    shutdown -i -f to display the Shutdown Dialog Menu

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