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How can I restart my remote PC?

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Hi, I 'm on Windows 7 home and the PC I use remote desktop into is windows 7 Enterprise.  
I click on the Windows logo on the bottom left but it only has logoff or disconnect options.  How can I restart the PC remotely?  And can I be able to remote into that PC after it restart?  Thanks.
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If the login you are using has full admin privileges on the remote Windows 7 Enterprise computer, you should be able to open a command prompt on the remote machine with elevated (a.k.a. admin) rights and execute a shutdown /r command.
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If you are remoted into the computer, go to Starr then type in: cmd

Then click your Enter key on your keyboard.

Type in the Command window:

shutdown -r -f

Click the Enter key on the keyboard. The remote system will be rebooted.
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Yes, I have full admin on that pc.  So, shutdown /r command would restart the PC remotely?  Once it starts, would I be able to log in remotely again?  Thanks.
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Yes, once it fully restarts you will be able to log back in again.
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If you want to reboot the remote comnputer from your local computer, type in this command in a Command line window:

shutdown -r -f -m \\remote_computer_name
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Yobri, that remote command is normally an excellent choice, but since he is using Windows 7 Home those machines aren't on a domain together and it seems rather unlikely that the workgroup is configured to allow remote shutdown to work properly.
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Right, if it is not configured properly for his workgroup then it wouldn't be a viable option.
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Thank you
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