Remote Desktop ConnectionsRebooting a Remote Desktop Computer to Restart It

Provided by: Molly Pell, Technical Project Manager

Remote Desktop Connection is a wonderful Windows feature that lets you connect to a computer located elsewhere and run it as if you were there. It certainly makes it easy to help resolve issues on someone else's computer.

The Problem: Can't Restart the Remote Desktop

Unfortunately, the remote computerís Start menu only shows options to "Log Off" and "Disconnect". It does not offer the standard "Shut Down" options: Log off, Shut down, Restart, Stand by, Hibernate.

If you press Ctrl+Alt+Del, the command is captured by the local machine and not the remote one.

There are several ways to shut down the remote computer. These 2 methods are the simplest Iíve found:

Solution 1: Select Windows Security

Open "Windows Security" from the remote computerís Start menu:

Restart Remote Desktop from Windows Security

The security screen appears. What you want is the icon in the lower right:

Shut down Options

When you click on it, the standard shutdown options appear:

Remote Desktop Shutdown Options Menu

Solution 2: Run a Command Line

From the remote computerís Start menu, select Run, and run a command line with optional switches to shut down the computer:

  • To shut down, enter:
    shutdown
  • To reboot, enter:
    shutdown Ėr
  • To log off, enter:
    shutdown Ėl

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