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How to Remote Shutdown or Restart Your Windows 10 PC

Too lazy to stand up and push the power button on the computer in the other room? Here’s your solution.

If you have multiple always-on Windows 10 PCs set up in your home in different rooms, it can be a chore to shut down or reboot each one. Instead of physically visiting each machine, you can remotely reboot or shut down each machine. This article takes a quick look at a couple of options.

Shut Down or Restart a Windows 10 PC Using Remote Desktop

The simplest way to shut down or reboot a remote Windows 10 computer is to connect via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and then click Start > Restart or Shut Down.

You’ll need to be running Windows 10 Pro, Education, or Enterprise on each computer for this to work. If you have a mix of operating systems on your network, you can use TightVNC to remotely control a PC from Mac, Windows, or Linux.

Shut Down or Reboot a Networked Windows PC from the Command Line

As an alternative to VNC or RDP, you can shut down or restart a networked PC from the command line. Connect your Windows PCs to the same network, then follow the steps below.

Note: For this method, you need to tweak some registry settings. It’s a fairly simple change, but be aware that misconfiguring your registry can cause system instabilities, so follow the steps carefully.

  1. On the computer that you want to reboot or shut down remotely, press Windows key + R, type: regedit then hit Enter on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System. If you are running Windows 10 1703 or later, you can quickly find registry keys by copying and pasting the registry path into the address bar and hit Enter.
  3. Right-click on the System folder, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  4. Enter the following label: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy.

  5. Double-click the value, then change the value to 1.

     

  6. Exit the registry, then restart your computer to confirm changes. Now you are ready to restart or shut down remotely.
  7. Press Windows key + X, click Command Prompt (Admin).
  8. At the command prompt, log into the machine. Example: net use \\MachineName then hit Enter. Enter your username on the machine or Microsoft Account ID followed by your password.

  9. At the command prompt, type shutdown -r -m \\MachineName -t -01 then hit Enter on your keyboard.

    The remote computer should automatically shut down or restart depending on the switches you choose. Notice, the command is similar to performing it locally. You can always specify a longer period for your shutdown or restart. In my case, I chose one minute. If you want to ensure the machine shuts down or restarts, you can add the /f switch, example: shutdown /m \\ MachineName /r /f. This will close out all open applications running on the remote machine.

Tip: An even easier command to use is the shutdown\i command. This will bring up a graphical dialog that lets you select the remote computer or enter its name using the Add button. You can then specify whether you want to shut down or restart and even add a comment.

Automate Multiple Shutdown/Restart Using Batch File

Connecting remotely and shutting down a computer is fine as a one-off, but what if you want to shut down or reboot a computer at the same time every day? If you have to do this through the command line every time, it becomes a drag real quick. An easier option is to automate restarting or shutting down all your computers. Fire up Notepad, then enter the remote shutdown command with each computer’s network name on a new line.

Fire up Notepad, then enter the remote shutdown command with each computers network name on a new line. For example:

shutdown -r -m \\DELL-PC1 -t -01

shutdown -r -m \\SURFACEPRO -t -01

shutdown -r -m \\MachineName -t -01

You can modify the switches based on whether you want to restart (-r) or shutdown (-s). Proceed to save the file using the .bat extension on your desktop, for example, shutdownrestart.bat

That’s it! Once you’ve mastered remote shutdowns, be sure to check out our Wake on LAN article. Great for scenarios where you need to wake up a machine to access resources.

Drop a line in the comments and let us know how it goes. This took a bit of trial and error to work reliably, so I am interested in knowing if these instructions go smoothly.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. darren

    access denied 05d

  2. Luigi Monk

    This is what I did:
    1. Go to services (Start – Run – services.msc)
    2. Activate Remote Registry
    3. Set startup to automatic
    4. Go to Firewall Settings (Allow app through windows firewall)
    5. Allow Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)
    6. Enter Registry editor (Start – Run – regedit)
    7. Find Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
    8. New DWORD32 LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy
    9. Set LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy Value to 1
    10. Reboot

  3. Faiz Khan

    Access is denied (5)..
    i am done all method and after result is …Access is denied (5)

    • Laserstrahl

      Same, not working for me either.

  4. Shahid

    It works if you have proper privileges
    I was able to restart the locked domain computer
    Used this shutdown -r -m \\MachineName -t -01

  5. domenico

    Dears,
    for me it works, but I have a problems with batch file. It doesn’t work even if I have used administrator privileges. Help..

  6. Domenico

    problem with batch file solved!!!
    Used this:
    shutdown -m \\localipaddress -s -t 00 -c “Comment”

  7. Matias

    It doesn’t work for me either. No explanation given at commanding machine.
    Remote machine does not get notice of the shutdown command :-(

  8. Ed Eaglehouse

    `shutdowni` is not a valid command. It’s `shutdown /i`.

  9. Pinkybum

    Just go to the desktop and hit Alt-F4. A dialog will pop up giving you all the options.

    • Steve Krause

      Hello – ALT-F4 will either close the active window or, give you a shutdown, restart, sleep, log off. If connected to a Remote Windows 10 PC, it will also give you the same popup. However, it’s not a command that works to “remotely” shutdown a Windows 10 system.

  10. Ed Eaglehouse

    The point of this article is about shutting down or restarting a _remote_ machine. If you can’t get a remote connection, all you’ll be doing with your suggestions is shutting down or restarting your _local_ machine.

  11. me

    there is no dash (-) before the 01 it works like this shutdown -r -m \\MachineName -t 01 … no dash before the 01

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