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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?

Sun, 23 Oct 2005 23:27:12 -0700

This is the picture of the screen when the computer shuts down. But the computer doesn't turn off. Anyone have any ideas?

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It is now safe to turn off your computer..jpg

Tue, 1 Nov 2005 12:54:02 -0800

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.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 08:51:25 +0000

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 . . .

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:53:12 +0000

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.

Attached File: Shutdown.lnk (921 B)

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 10:08:11 +0000

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.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 24 Jan 2008 02:17:42 +0000

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.

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Windows Task Manager Shut Down Menu.png

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 30 Jan 2008 08:29:36 +0000

The shutdown feature seems to have disappeared from the Task Manager in Vista. But the Shutdown.lnk that I've attached above works beautifully.

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 29 Feb 2008 10:06:55 +0000

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.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:56:58 +0000

"eject computer" wtf????? how the hell? what!?

Fri, 30 May 2008 23:02:51 +0000

to whoever said the shutdown -s from the shortcut is slow if you use
shutdown -s -t 00
it will go just as quick

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
shutdown -s -t 00 -m \\computername

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 19:12:45 +0000

Thanks for the tip, Patrick! That's going to come in handy.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 06:29:49 +0000

Just use CTRL+ALT+END to get to the shutdown menu

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 09:24:21 +0000

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.

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 22 Mar 2010 00:38:42 +0000

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.

Attached File: Reboot.lnk (927 KB)

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 13:16:01 +0400

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.

Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:28:12 +0400

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