Knowledgebase: Connection - General
Restart Your Computer Remotely
Posted by Clarke M on 03 April 2006 07:26 PM
This is a handy tip for Windows XP users who like to use the Remote Desktop Connection to configure or check a home computer while at work.

If you have ever used Remote Desktop Connection, you will have noticed that the Shutdown button has been replaced with a Disconnect button. This makes it somewhat difficult to reboot the remote PC if you want to test a new configuration that may require a reboot.

To easily reboot the remote PC, at the "run" command, use the command line utility "shutdown" with the "/r" switch.

The "shutdown /s" command, this will shutdown the remote PC. This often results in the additional step of calling ones housemate/significant other/child/parent and asking that person to press the power button on your PC, because you just remembered that there was some additional work that you wanted to do on the home PC.

If you want to cancel the shutdown or reboot process, use the command "shutdown /a" for abort, but you only have 30 seconds to do this.
Use "shutdown /?" to list the functions of all switches used with this handy command.
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