Remotely restarting Windows XP


If you are using Remote Desktop quite a lot, you may need to restart your XP machine remotely, but there is no option to restart or shutdown the machine. The only options available are Log Off and Disconnect.

To restart or to reboot XP machines remotely, use ‘shutdown’ command from the command console.

Run cmd.exe, and type ‘shutdown -r -t 0’ to restart the machine.


Comments (9)

  1. Vincent says:

    from the start menu, there is always an option for security (I think it’s Windows Security..)…that option brings up the options to shutdown, reboot, hibernate, etc…

  2. Alt-F4 says:

    That’s not true. You can Alt-F4 from the desktop to bring up the "Turn Off Computer" options, which allows you to restart. You can also restart via Task Manager.

  3. Carl Tyler says:

    Can’t you just do ctrl-alt-end and choose restart? that’s what i’ve always done.

  4. Gabe says:

    You just have to find "Windows Security" on the Start Menu, which give you the Ctrl-Alt-Del screen. Or it will just bring up the Task Manager, which also has all the standard shutdown/restart options.

  5. Daniel says:

    Try Alt-F4 on the desktop and you get the old-style shutdown screen over RDP.  🙂

  6. Thanks for great and helpful feedback.  🙂

  7. Programmerman says:

    Another method is to open the start menu, then press Alt+F4 to get the Shutdown menu.

    I will also note that using the shutdown command can cause you issues if you don’t use the "-f" (force) argument, because it will force you to logoff, then it gets hung on a dialog (or something), then you can’t log in… because the computer is shutting down.

  8. thailand-booking-hotel-guide says:

    Thk for your idea it' work fine !!!  but i using this method C:>shutdown.exe -r -m \computer name -f -t 05