Shutdown / Restart Windows machine from inside Remote Desktop Session

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:

shutdown /r /t 0

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

shutdown /s


One comment

  1. 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.

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