How to Shutdown or Restart Windows over Remote Desktop Connection

Solution A – GUI + keyboard

If your a keyboard shortcut fan, you may have already known that Alt+F4 closes the currently selected Windows application.

When your desktop is selected, it stands to reason that typing Alt+F4 has the effect of telling Windows that you’d like to close Windows itself. Simple and easy to remember.

  • Press Win+D to minimized all open Windows to show your desktop, alternatively, you can left-click the lower-right corner

  • Press Alt+F4 to bring up the Shut Down Windows – What do you want the computer to do? dialog, where you can now choose any of the following list of actions:

    Disconnect
    Sign out
    Shut down
    Restart

  • Select which option you want, then press Enter or click OK

Solution B – Command Prompt

  • Open a Command Prompt by clicking on Start and in Type here to search type in cmd, right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator

  • You should then get the User Account Control to prompt, click Yes to continue

  • To initiate a Shut down, type

    shutdown /s /t 0

    Then press Enter

  • To initiate a Restart, type:

    shutdown /r /t 0

    Then press Enter

NOTE: Because of the 0 second delay you specified, you'll want to be very sure you really intend to do this immediately, before you press that Enter key!

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