How to remote restart a win7 computer from XP machine

Posted on 2011-10-24
Last Modified: 2013-05-18
I have a computer that is pinging at the moment in a remote location but it is not responding to Ctrl+alt+delete or any RDP session.

Can someone tell me how can I remote restart it please
Question by:Zak
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    by:Gary Coltharp
    If you have remote desktop access, shutdown -t 00 -r -f always works.
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    by:Brian Gee
    From the command line:

    shutdown -r -f -t 0 -m \\remote_computer_name
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    by:Chris Millard
    or, just as a follow up to yobri's comment, you can also do it by IP address:-

    shutdown -f -r -t 0 -m \\ip_address_of_remote_pc

    OR if that fails you could always try executing the commad on the remote machine by using PSEXEC (part of PSTools)

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    I downloaded the PSEXEC SUITE BUT THE ZIP file extration tells me that it is corrupted.
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    by:Gary Coltharp
    Are these domain computers? If they are not, you won't have sufficient priveledge to remote reboot unless you specify a local administrator account.
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    Download the PsTools suite from here.

    Start with pslist:
    pslist \\computername -u computername\admin_user -p password

    Open in new window

    If successful, you will get a processlist. Then continue with psshutdown:
    psshutdown \\computername -u computername\admin_user -p password -r -f

    Open in new window

    (leave out -p password to enter password interactively)
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    by:Rob Miners
    Another alernative that may work

    At a command prompt type in

    shutdown -i 'this will display the Remote Shutdown Dialog box

    Select Add and type in the ip address, click Ok

    Make your selection under "What do you want these computers to do"

    You can untick "Warn users of the action" if the system is not in use

    Under Options, Select your reason for shutting down

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    I tried the PSlist command using the local admin account of the remote PC but I get this message.

    Make sure that the Remote Registry service is running on the remote system, that
     you havefirewall ports allow RPC access, and your account has read access the f
    ollowing key on the remote system:
    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Perflib.

    Not sure what shall I do now?
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    by:Gerwin Jansen
    Can you try to connect to a share on the remote system as local admin like this:

    net use \\computername\admin$ /user:computername\admin_user

    Does that work?

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