Remote reboot of Windows Desktop

On occasion, I would like to be able to reboot a desktop on my network remotely.  I can log off or disconnect, but see no ready way to force a reboot/restart of the desktop.
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mcsweenSr. Network AdministratorCommented:
Click Start, Windows Security - This issues a Ctrl + Alt + Del at the workstation; you can shutdown or reboot from there.

you can also bring up an easy to use GUI to shutdown/reboot remote workstations with the following command (XP or later)

shutdown -i

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You can use Window's "Schedule Task" feature to schedule a one-time reboot:
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I've yet to put in the time to see if there is an actual fix for it to be added to the Start menu, but ...

What I do ... open a command prompt and type in:

shutdown -r -t 0

-r is for reboot
-t is for the time until shutdown in seconds

Or I create a logoff batch file on the Desktop.
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I forgot to mention that you should be able to use the "shutdown.exe" in your %SYSTEMROOT%\system32 folder.
makingitbigAuthor Commented:
If you're wanting to reboot a machine remotely, then you'll need to specify the computer name.  Personally, I tend to use the -f [force] option, which forces all apps to close immediately.  This is a good option for those stubborn machines, that might occasionally get hung, especially when working remotely and no one on-site to help.

Keep in mind that the /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is specified for the /t parameter.  Another option, which we use as a scheduled task from time to time is psshutdown.exe.


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shutdown -m \\Computer_Name -f -r -t 000

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