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Normally, a Windows 8 machine can be restarted by accessing the Settings screen by pressing WinKey+I (or by accessing Charms with WinKey+C and clicking the bottom Settings icon), then by clicking the Power button and selecting Restart / ShutDown from the menu that open.


Another way to access usually the restart options are to press Ctrl+Alt+Del , then click the Power button there and select Restart / Shut Down from the menu that opens. When connected via Remote Desktop, you can access the power button with Ctrl+Alt+End ( Ctrl+Alt+Del displays the lock screen on the host machine, not on the machine you’re connected to), but again Windows 8 offers there only the “”Disconnect” option (despite the tooltip on the button indicating Shut Down).


Another way to restart the computer: you can access the desktop (e.g. by pressing WinKey+D = Desktop, or WinKey+M = MinimizeAll), then press Alt+F4. This displays a Shut Down Windows dialog, where all the options are available! Ah, the good ol’ Desktop…


And, finally if you are a mouse person and prefer a one-click solution, you can create a shortcut to shutdown.exe, then right click it and pin the shortcut to the StartMenu. From now on you’ll be able to shutdown the machine by double clicking the icon on the Start screen or on desktop.


Shut down timed

Target: C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -s -t 20


Shut down timed

Target: C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -f Shutdown



Target: C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe -r -f 



Press Alt+F4 on empty Desktop.


1.    on the tile page type RUN (select APPS on the top right) and click RUN, then enter:
shutdown -r -f Reboot
shutdown -f Shutdown

2.    Press ALT+F4 (i.e. close) and then select RESTART or SHUTDOWN


Remote Shutdown Command

Once we have mastered the crucial /s switch we can extend the Microsoft Shutdown command to act on remote machines.

Shutdown /s /m \\ComputerName

Note 1: I always get in a tangle with the /m (machine) switch. Pay close attention to its position (after /s or /r) and remember to introduce the victim machine with a double backslash \\ victim.

Note 2: Observe that there is no space between the backslashes and the computername
\\ ComputerName would not work.

Here is an example to restart a server called 'BigSrv'.

Shutdown /r /m \\BigSrv


Detailed Instructions to Create a Windows 8 Shutdown Tile

1.    Start on the Windows 8 desktop, or in a new folder - anywhere except in the Start Menu folder!

2.    Right-click, New, Shortcut. Paste this instruction:
C:\windows\system32\shutdown /s /t 20 (remember the space between t and 20)

3.    Name the shortcut after yourself, e.g. Guy's Shutdown, that way you will recognise it easily!

4.    Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the crucial folder:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

5.    Paste the shortcut. You may wish to click on the advanced button and 'Run as administrator'.

6.    In passing you can see that it's not possible to create a new shortcut here.

7.    It's reassuring to see your shortcut amongst the other Apps.

8.    Return to the Metro UI start screen - Windows Key is the quickest way.

9.      Now, you may see your shortcut at the extreme right of the Metro screen. If not type the first letter, then you should see a list of Apps beginning with that letter. If yours is there, then Right-click its icon and see if it says Pinned or Unpinned, naturally you want it to be Pinned.

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