How to allow a remote desktop shutdown

Written by emilio alvarez
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Windows operating systems allow users with administrator privileges to configure the ability of a workstation or server to be remotely shutdown. By default, a Remote Desktop session is enabled for shutdown, but if this feature has been disabled, it can quickly be enabled back by configuring the corresponding snap-in within the Security Settings in the Group Policy Editor utility.

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  1. 1

    Log in with an administrator account and connect to the remote computer that needs to be enabled for shutdown.

  2. 2

    Open the Group Policy Editor utility. Press the "Ctrl" and "R" keys to launch the "Run" command prompt, type "gpedit.msc" in the provided text field and hit "Enter."

  3. 3

    Expand the following folders on the left pane's tree directory "Computer Configuration," "Windows Settings," "Security Settings," "Local Policies" and click on "User Rights Assignment."

  4. 4

    Locate the setting named "Force shutdown from a remote system," on the right pane, under the "Setting" column, and double-click on it. A list displays the users that are allowed to shutdown the remote computer.

  5. 5

    Add a user account or group to be allowed to shutdown the system remotely. Click on the "Add User or Group..." button, click "Advanced," click "Find Now," select a user account or group from the list, click "OK" to confirm the selection, then click "Apply" and "OK" in the "Properties" window.

  6. 6

    Locate the "Shut down the system" setting on the right pane and perform the same steps to add a user account or group to be allowed to shut down the system remotely.

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