Restart or shut down remotely with SHUTDOWN.EXE

Shutdown.exe comes in handy when you need to troubleshoot a remote Windows 2000 computer.

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If you're troubleshooting a problem on a local computer, rebooting is easy. But when the computer is on the other side of town or even in another city, getting the computer to reboot becomes a bit more of a challenge. Luckily, with Windows 2000, you can reboot a computer with the Windows 2000 Resource Kit tool, SHUTDOWN.EXE.

Shutdown.exe lets you specify a timer for the shutdown, with a default of 20 seconds. The tool can optionally display a warning message of your choice, respond to any prompts with a "Yes" (such as whether to save changes to open documents), or force applications to close without saving changes (not recommended).

You can use the /a switch to abort a system shutdown within the timeout period specified by a previous shutdown.exe command.

Execute the command shutdown.exe /? to view the command's syntax for additional information about shutdown.exe. Or, look in the Windows 2000 Resource Kit Tools Help file.

This was first published in April 2003

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