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How can I restart Windows from the command line?

How can I restart Windows from the command line other than the normal way using Start-Shutdown-Restart?

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There are a few utilities for doing command-line restart, some of which are available in the Windows 2000 Resource Kit and natively in Windows XP. In the 2K Resource Kit there is a command-line app called, appropriately enough, SHUTDOWN. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=317371 describes how to use the tool in complete detail. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=320188 also talks about another tool, TSSHUTDN, which was originally included for shutting down Terminal Servers but can be used to also reboot a Win2K machine as well. Note that each command comes with a plethora of switches and options, which can be used to change the behavior (i.e., reboot vs. shutdown).

This was first published in January 2004

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