Posted By: Keng
I’ve been using Remote Desktop Connection to get into a workstation. But in this environment, I cannot use the power options in Start Menu. I need an alternative way to shutdown or restart.
How do I control my computer’s power state through the command line?
The most common ways to use the
shutdown command are:
shutdown -s— Shuts down.
shutdown -r— Restarts.
shutdown -l— Logs off.
shutdown -h— Hibernates.
Note: There is a common pitfall wherein users think
-hmeans “help” (which it does for every other command-line program… except
shutdown.exe, where it means “hibernate”). They then run
shutdown -hand accidentally turn off their computers. Watch out for that.
shutdown -i— “Interactive mode”. Instead of performing an action, it displays a GUI dialog.
shutdown -a— Aborts a previous shutdown command.
The commands above can be combined with these additional options:
-f— Forces programs to exit. Prevents the shutdown process from getting stuck.
-t <seconds>— Sets the time until shutdown. Use
-t 0to shutdown immediately.
-c <message>— Adds a shutdown message. The message will end up in the Event Log.
-y— Forces a “yes” answer to all shutdown queries.
Note: This option is not documented in any official documentation. It was discovered by these StackOverflow users.
I want to make sure some other really good answers are also mentioned along with this one. Here they are in no particular order.
-foption from JosephStyons
- The Run box from Dean
- Remote shutdown from Kip