I am often remoted in to computers installing updates. If you have done this much on client machines you realize that on XP and Windows 7 you don’t have the option to reboot only shut down. Well if I am remoted into a computer shutting down isn’t what I want to do.
Microsoft has included shutdown.exe to help people like us who need to reboot remotely.
To shutdown a PC running Windows XP or 7
Open a command prompt (Click start run cmd) and type in shutdown and the proper switches. shutdown -t 0 -r -f
-t 0 means time to shut down 0 seconds.
-r means restart
-f forces all applications to terminate.
Below is information provided by Microsoft Technet.
You can use the following switches with Shutdown.exe:
-l : Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
-s : Shuts down the local computer.
-r : Reboots after shutdown.
-a : Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
-f : Forces running applications to close.
-m [\\ComputerName] : Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
-t xx : Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
-c “message“ : Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.
-d [u][p]:xx:yy : Lists the reason code for the shutdown. The following table lists the different values.