How to Force a Remote Reboot in Windows XP

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How to Force a Remote Reboot in Windows XP
Learn how to force reboot a computer. (computer image by Ewe Degiampietro from

Remote reboot allows you to perform many useful tasks, including log off a user, shut down or reboot a computer, stop a shutdown or force applications to close. It takes only a few changes in Computer Management to set up a remote reboot in Windows XP. The one thing you have to know is the computer name on which you want to force the remote reboot.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" and "Control Panel." Click "Performance and Maintenance," "Administrative Tools" and "Computer Management."

  2. 2

    Right-click "Computer Management (Local)" on the left side, then select "Connect to another computer." In the Select Computer field, select "Another computer," type the name of the computer you want to reboot and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Right-click "Computer Management (Remote computer name)" in the tree on the left side and click "Properties." Click the "Advanced" tab and click "Startup and Recovery."

  4. 4

    Click "Shutdown" and the Shutdown dialogue box will open. Under Action, select "Restart." Under "Force Apps Closed," select "Never," "If hung (Windows 2000 or later only)" or "Always (could lose date)" and click "OK."

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