Short solution for short problems

Windows reboot shutdown command

When I'm working with remote desktop it's not always permitted to reboot the computer via the windows inferface. These options are available:

The first time I had to reboot, I tried some dos commands like: reboot or restart, but hat didn't worked. So I used a detour: I opened msconfig and modified something, just clicking on and off again and when I pressed OK the system asked me to reboot the computer. What can I say, I had no time to google...

After I looked for the command to reboot or shutdown a computer. SHUTDOWN was the command and it has some nice parameters:

-r : restart

-s : shutdown

-t : add some time to the shutdown in seconds

-a : cancel the shutdown.

\? will list all the possible parameters.

Here's an example:

Then I wanted to try the cancel command. I ran a shutdown command with 30 seconds delay:

Quickly opened the command prompt and ran this command:

And the shutdown was cancelled.

And another nice option of the shutdown command is the -i. This opens a dailog where you can choose a pc to shutdown, you can even shutdown multiple pc at the same time. If you are in a secured network, be sure to test this. In public places like schools etc. this command is often still enabled. You can shutdown computers remotely. You can imagine the possibilities in a classroom. ;-) Don't abuse it, just use it to point out the security leuks though ;-) Here's an image of the interface: