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How to Use the Command Line to Remotely Restart a Windows Machine
There are several ways to access, shut down, and restart a Windows machine remotely. In fact, in my last hub "How to enable telnet in Windows 7" , I used the "shutdown" cmd as an example of how to use telnet.
One of the most simple ways to shut down a Windows PC (Especially Windows 8), is by way of the CMD prompt, which can be accessed by typing "CMD" in the Windows 7 search or Run bar.
TIP - For more Windows 7 commands, you may wish to check out my article "Ten Best Windows 7 Commands to get you Started".
TIP - to quickly access the run bar, click the "Windows Key" + "R"
In this article, I'll show you the simple Windows 7 CMD line Commands that will shutdown or restart a remote Windows PC, along with a few Windows command "CMD" line options that may come in handy.
Then I'll go a few steps farther, by showing you how to create a simple .bat file using the Windows 7 CMD you just learned. Then (Why Not?), I'll show you how to easily create a Windows 7 "Scheduled Task" to connect to the .bat you just created!
Grab that energy drink and let's get to it!
Using the Windows 7 CMD prompt for remote restart
- Open up a Windows 7 CMD console by typing "CMD" in the search or Run bar
- Type Shutdown /R \\remotemachine (where "remotemachine" is the name of the actual machine, like, "howlermunkeystestbox") OR
- Type Shutdown /R /T 120 \\remotemachine (whereas /T = "time in seconds")
TIP - Generally speaking, "\\" are used to access resources within your LAN, or "behind your NAT" device (router), whereas "//" would be used to navigate beyond your local network, for example -- "http://" ..... and, in the case of cmd "switches", like "/s" or "/t", then \\remote machine.... Get it?
Sometimes the remote machine may be "stuck", and you'll have to use the "/F" switch (force), to force it to restart or shutdown. For example --
Shutdown /R /F \\remotemachine will force the machine to restart
There are of course, several more Windows CMD shutdown options. Just type Shutdown /? from the command prompt to get more options. (Displayed below).
Create a .bat from your new shutdown CMD
Like any Windows "CMD", you can of course, create a .bat file from a text with a shutdown command written within.
Open a text file, and write something like shutdown /S \\remotemachine, then as you save your text, select "all files" (not ".txt"), when saving the file, and end the file name with a ".bat". For example , save it as Remote.bat.
That way, you could simply double click that text file (or even set up a scheduled task) that could shut down the remote machine with ease.
In my example below, Im creating a very simple .bat file, called "Remote.bat", saving as "all files", and typing .bat at the end of the name ---
Steps to Create a Scheduled Task to Connect your New Remote .bat
- Select "Task Scheduler" from within "System Tools" (Start --> Programs --> Accessories)
- Select "Create Basic Task"
- Name your Basic task anything you wish, in my example, I used "Remote Shutdown"
- Select how often the task will occur, I used "Daily"
- For "Action", select "Start a Program"
- Browse to the .bat file you just created
- On the "Summary" page, check your settings and hit "Finish".
- All Screenshots were taken by Jeff Boettner (howlermunkey
- All borders used in this hub were created by howlermunkey