Restart Windows via Remote Desktop

Ever try to restart a machine via remote desktop? I just ran into it for the first time tonight. I generally deal with linux servers and don’t ever RDP into them. Tonight, I needed to reboot a windows server. No “shutdown” exists on the Start menu. Even on the task manager, there’s no shutdown option.

It’s an easy bypass though.

Instead of CTRL+ALT+DEL like usual, use


From here, you will be able to shut down or graceful reboot the system.


  1. Since Ctrl+Alt+End doesn’t always work (beats me, I didn’t code the OS”

    You can also do:
    Click “Start”
    Click “Run”
    Type “shutdown /i” and click Open
    Use as the Computer and select restart.

    Works on XP also.

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