Sunday, 12 December 2010

Easily Shutdown a local or remote computer with Shutdown.exe

Shutdown.exe is included in pretty much any recent version of the Windows OS including Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and 7. Shuftdown.exe is a great program that can be used by system administrators to shutdown local computers through a batch file or even shutdown remote machines or servers using different switches.The shutdown command it typically stored in the c:\windows\system32\ folder as shutdown.exe.

Shutdown.exe [logoff_option] [/m \\computername ] [option]
logoff option:
  • /i
    • Display the GUI (must be the first option)
  • /l
    • Log Off. This cannot be used with /m or /d option
  • /s
    • Shutdown
  • /r
    • Shutdown and Restart
  • /a
    • Abort a system shutdown (only during the time-out period)
  • /p
    • Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning (only with /d)
  • /h
    • Hibernate the local computer (only with /f)
  • /e
    • Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer
  • /m \\computername
    • A remote computer to shutdown
  • /t:(0-600)
    • Time until system shuts down in seconds. 0-600 (default=30)
  • /c “Message”
    • An optional shutdown message with a max of 127 characters
  • /f
    • Force all running applications to close. This will result in lost of unsaved data
  • /d u:xx:yy
    • List a USER reason code for the shutdown
  • /d P:xx:yy
    • List a PLANNED reason code for the shutdown


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