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How to Do a Funny Shutdown Computer Prank With Message

Updated on December 14, 2013

Shutdown Prank

Learn how to create a shutdown, restart or hibernate prank.
Learn how to create a shutdown, restart or hibernate prank.

Creating a Shutdown Prank

Wouldn't it be fun if a friend of yours uses your PC or laptop, clicks on My Computer on the desktop and suddenly a pop up appears with a weird message and it shuts down!

Well I am gonna teach you how you can do exactly that!

Creating a shutdown prank is pretty simple actually as you'll see in the next couple of minutes.

You can do it on your friends laptop as well, trust me it's a fun prank and takes just a few minutes to set up.

This will not harm your PC or laptop in anyway, it's just a shortcut shutdown Icon ( shutdown.exe ) like the one on your Start button. You can delete it whenever you want.

Step 1:

Creating a Fake Shortcut for Your Shutdown Prank:

For those of you who do not know how to create a fake shortcut icon, follow the following simple steps:

  • Right click on your desktop.
  • Put your mouse over the 'New' option, from the options given, select 'Shortcut'.

Creating a Fake Icon for Your Shutdown Prank

Click on New Shortcut to create a shortcut icon for your shutdown prank icon.
Click on New Shortcut to create a shortcut icon for your shutdown prank icon.

Step 2:

Entering the Shutdown Prank Code:

Once you click on 'New Shortcut', a window will pop up requesting you to enter a location (i.e for what software or program you would like to create the shortcut for).

In the box given to enter the location, enter any one of the following codes to create your shutdown prank icon:

  • Shutdown Prank Icon: shutdown.exe -s -t 60 -c "Enter a Scary or Funny Message Here"
  • Restart Prank Icon: shutdown.exe -r -t 60 -c "Enter a Scary or Funny Message Here"
  • Lock Prank Icon: rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation
  • Hibernate Prank Icon: shutdown.exe -h
  • Logoff Prank Icon: shutdown.exe -l
  • Abort Prank Icon: shutdown.exe -a

Note:

Copy Paste only the code starting after the ( : ) eg:"shutdown.exe -l" without the (" ") of course.

For the shutdown and restart prank you can enter a personalized message that will pop up before the person's PC or laptop shuts down or restarts.

An example is given below:

Shutdown Prank Code

Enter the code given to either shutdown, reboot or even to log off from the PC in the blank box given for location.
Enter the code given to either shutdown, reboot or even to log off from the PC in the blank box given for location.

Step 3:

Naming the Shutdown Prank Icon:

  • After choosing the type of prank you want to perform, click Next.
  • Now in the box given enter a name for the icon.
  • You obviously wouldn't wanna name your icon as "Shutdown" or "Prank".
  • So let's name it "My Computer", since that's the icon people click on the most.
  • Once you have named the icon, click on Finish.

Naming your Shutdown Prank Icon

Choose a name like "My Computer", "My Documents" or "My Network Places" as an icon name. Something that sounds official and likely that a person will click on.
Choose a name like "My Computer", "My Documents" or "My Network Places" as an icon name. Something that sounds official and likely that a person will click on.

Default Shutdown Prank Icon Image

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This is how your prank Shutdown icon will look like by default.
This is how your prank Shutdown icon will look like by default.
This is how your prank Shutdown icon will look like by default.

Step 4:

Your default icon will look like something as shown as on the image on the side.

We now need to change this icon into the "My Computer" icon (or whichever icon you have named it as) to make it look realistic.

Before we do this, delete the old "My Computer" icon (or whichever you've decided to use) that is currently placed on your desktop, so that we don't end up deleting the wrong once later, or if you forget to delete it later, the user might delete your "new" icon by mistake or even get suspicious.

Step 5:

Changing the Image of your Prank Shutdown Icon:

To change the icon from the default image follow the steps given below:

  • Right click on your newly created shortcut icon and click on Properties.
  • Now under the Shortcut tab, click on Change Icon.
  • You will get a pop up message, click Ok.
  • You will now get a pop up with various icons, select an appropriate icon for the shortcut you've create and say Ok.
  • Click Apply and then Ok.

Your shortcut Shutdown Prank icon (My Computer) is all set now.

Shortcut Icons

Select an appropriate shortcut icon for your Shutdown Prank icon.
Select an appropriate shortcut icon for your Shutdown Prank icon.

Few Tips:

Create official looking icons, which people usually tend to click on.

You can set a timer for the shutdown and reboot functions.

  • shutdown.exe -s -t 60 -c "Enter a scary or hilarious message here"

  • shutdown.exe -r -t 60 -c "Enter a scary or hilarious message here"

The ( -t 60 ) is the timer function, you can change 60 to 5 (default is in seconds).

Remember to delete the previous existing icon before you start.

Create various prank icons, so your guaranteed that the person will click one of them at least.

Your Final Prank Icon

This is what your final icon will look like. When clicked on, a pop up box with your message will appear, followed by the PC shutting down depending on the timer you've set.
This is what your final icon will look like. When clicked on, a pop up box with your message will appear, followed by the PC shutting down depending on the timer you've set.

Shutdown Prank

Have you tried it and has it worked?

See results

Note:

  • Do no do this to a public computer or at an institution, school lab, etc.
  • I am not responsible for any damages that you may cause.
  • This may be considered illegal in some places as well.

And well for the rest, I am happy to solve any queries that you may have, please write down your queries, suggestions or comments below and I'll get back to you asap.

© 2013 Paiva

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      Paiva 2 years ago from Goa, india

      Yes..It should work

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      Jey 2 years ago

      Can I transfer the shutdown.exe to a USB flashdrive?

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      Paiva 4 years ago from Goa, india

      You gotta just create the icon and leave it on the desktop..

      When the person tries to open it the PC or laptop shutsdown.

      Using icons like My Computer etc helps increase the chances of a person clicking on it..

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      kjn7 4 years ago

      I don't understand How do u get it to work? How do u start the prank once u have created it?

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      Paiva 4 years ago from Goa, india

      Did you put the correct code? cause number 5 is just to change the icon and does nothing else besides that.

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      Nick 4 years ago

      Did number 5 to a friends computer after seeing it elsewhere. Computer won't get past the part where you can select boot menu. Help?

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      Paiva 4 years ago from Goa, india

      Haha..poor sis of yours :P

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      Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Funny.. I done this one and my sister is one of my victim.. Cool...

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      Paiva 4 years ago from Goa, india

      Like I've mentioned Larry, it's not to be done on public systems, just for fun on your own personal laptop or computer..say you don't wanna give someone to use it cause you need it and you can't politely say no, just tel em it's infected with a virus and proof it :D

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      Larry Wall 4 years ago

      Anyone who does anything to one of my computer, no matter how harmless you may think it is, will be on my blacklist. The few minutes it takes for him to undue the prank may make him late for class, an appointment or job interview. If you are going to fool with his computer, he may fool with your car, maybe let some of the air out or if he can find the locking nut and move it to a new location--that would be real funny if he had a flat tire somewhere.