How to Shutdown Remote Computer on Windows Systems

Author: Peter Barnett           Date: Jul 12, 2019


If you have multiple computers on your network, you can shut them down remotely regardless of their operating system. If you are using Windows, you'll need to set the remote computer to be able to shutdown computer remotely. Once this is set up, you can perform the shut down from any computer, including Linux.



Enabling the Remote Registry Service (Windows)


Open the Start menu on the computer you want to be able to shut down remotely. Before you can remotely shut down a Windows computer on your network, you'll need to enable Remote Services on it. This requires administrator access to the computer.



The Next Step Is Type Services.Msc


Type .services.msc while the Start menu is open and press ↵ Enter. This start the Microsoft Management Console with the "Services" section open.

Step to Shutdown remote computer is to Open Services With Help of Windows Search Box



Then You Need to Find "Remote Registry"


Find "Remote Registry" in the list of services. The list is sorted alphabetically by default.

Step to Shutdown remote computer is to Find Remote Registry



Select "Properties" of Remote Registry


Right-click "Remote Registry" and select "Properties." This will open the Properties window for the service.

Select Properties of Remote Registry



Select Option "Automatic" And Accept Your Choice


Select "Automatic" from the "Startup type" menu. Click "OK" or "Apply" to save changes.

Select Option Automatic



After That Open Firewall


Click the Start button again and type "firewall." This will launch Windows Firewall.

Step to Shutdown remote computer is to After That Open Firewall



Allow Application or Feature Through Firewall


Click "Allow app or feature through Windows Firewall." You'll find this on the left side of the window.

Allow Application or Feature Through Firewall



Choose and Click Change Settings Button


Click the "Change settings" button. This will allow you to make changes to the list below it.

Choose and Click Change ssettings Button



Check the "Windows Management Instrumentation"


Check the "Windows Management Instrumentation" box. Check the box in the "Private" column.

Note!!! Your user account must also have administrator permissions on the remote computer. If it doesn’t, the shutdown command will fail due to lack of permissions.

Check the Windows Management Instrumentation



Use Command Line to Remote Shutdown


To shut down the computer, launch a Command Prompt window on another computer (click Start, type Command Prompt, and press Enter). Type the following command into the command prompt window for a graphical interface:

shutdown /i



Add One or More Required Computer Names


From the remote shutdown dialog window, you can add one or more computer names and specify whether you want to shutdown or restart the computer. You can optionally warn users and log a message to the system’s event log.

Add One or More Required Computer Names



Further Step Is Checking Computer Name


Not sure what the name of the remote computer is? Click Start on the remote computer, right-click Computer in the Start menu, and select Properties. You’ll see the computer’s name.

Further Step Is Checking Computer Name



You Can Also Use the Command Line Instead of the Graphical Interface


You can also use a command instead of the graphical interface. Here’s the equivalent command:

shutdown /s /m \\chris-laptop /t 30 /c “Shutting down for maintenance.” /d P:1:1




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