Shutdown through remote desktop?
I have one Windows XP computer that I use remotely through Remote Desktop. I found that there is a command-line commaand called "shutdown" that can help me turn off the computer remotely. But when I run it, it shuts down Windows XP and turns off the hard disk, but it doesn't actually turn off the computer. Any one know a way to have it turn off the computer too?
This is the picture of the screen when the computer shuts down. But the computer doesn't turn off. Anyone have any ideas?
I just sat up Remote Desktop on my notebook computer and tried the "shutdown -s" command. Seemed to work fine on my notebook. It turned off without any problem.
So far, I tried "shutdown -s" from the command-line on three notebooks and they all work.
I've just tried to put that "shutdown -s" command into a batch file so that I can double-click on it to shutdown the computers remotely. But it didn't work. When I double-click on the file, it just repeatly calls "shutdown -s" with no end. Don't know why . . .
Ok, the batch file doesn't work, but I figured out that I can use a Windows Shortcut instead. The Shortcut shuts down the system with the "shutdown -s" command. So now you can perform the shutdown remotely just like you can with local shutdown. The Windows Shutdown Shortcut is attached below.
If you click on the attachment above (in Windows), it is likely you will get an error; at least it does for me in Mozilla Firefox on Windows XP. Apparently Windows does some strange redirection with Shortcuts (files with .lnk extension). Instead, you should right-click on it and choose "Save Link As..." to download the Shortcut.
I just found out that you can shut down the computer through the Windows Task Manager (see screen shot below). It works quite fast, compared to the shortcut I made. You can use it to restart the computer as well. My only question is what does "Eject Computer" do? Hopefully, it doesn't send your computer flying out of the window.
The shutdown feature seems to have disappeared from the Task Manager in Vista. But the Shutdown.lnk that I've attached above works beautifully.
Keep in mind that when you shutdown in this manner, it doesn't trigger Windows to install any updates that it has downloaded. That's ok if you switch between accessing the computer remotely and locally. But if you only access your computer remotely, you'll have to manually install the updates periodically by click on the yellow shield (Automatic Update) on the task bar.
"eject computer" wtf????? how the hell? what!?
to whoever said the shutdown -s from the shortcut is slow if you use
there is by default a 30 second delay using shutdown -s, if you add - t 00 the delay will be 0 seconds.
also, if you disconnect and want to shut down the pc without reconnect to remote desktop you can use -m to shutdown a remote computer
Thanks for the tip, Patrick! That's going to come in handy.
Just use CTRL+ALT+END to get to the shutdown menu
Windows 7 no longer has the "Shut Down" pull-down menu on Task Manager. You'll have to use the shutdown command or the CTRL+ALT+END method.
Adding a reboot Windows shortcut as well. The Shortcut shuts down and reboots the system with the "shutdown -r" command. The Windows Reboot Shortcut is attached below.
Thanks for the shutdown and reboot links. Now that Windows 8 hides these functions behind lots of mouse navigation and clicks, these links on the desktop are really handy.
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