If you visit the shutdown menu on a Windows machine from inside a remote desktop session you won’t get the standard Shutdown / Restart options but instead only Lock and Sign out.

To reboot the machine open command prompt as admin and issue the following:

To shutdown the machine issue the following in a command prompt window:


  • Glenn Greenfield

    Cool tip. This would make a good launcher for the taskbar. Currently, I use CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Shut down Options menu.