How to force a restart of a remote desktop

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Microsoft's Remote Desktop software allows the user of a Windows computer on the Internet to connect to and operate another Windows computer that is connected to the Internet. If the connecting user has an account on the destination computer and it is running Remote Desktop Server or Terminal Services, he will be able to control it from anywhere in the world. You can force the immediate restart of a Remote Desktop system by accessing its command prompt.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Log on to the computer that will connect to the Remote Desktop server.

  2. 2

    Click "Start," select "All Programs," choose "Accessories" and select "Remote Desktop."

  3. 3

    Type the network address or domain name of the computer you are connecting to and press "Enter."

  4. 4

    Click your login name and supply your password for the Remote Desktop computer.

  5. 5

    Click "Start" and then click "Run" on the computer you are connected with remotely.

  6. 6

    Type "cmd" and press "Enter."

  7. 7

    Type "shutdown.exe /r /y /c /t:00" and press "Enter. This command runs the Windows shutdown program. The "/r" switch tells it to reboot, the "/y" switch forces it to accept all shutdown warnings, the "/c" script forces all running programs to quit immediately and "/t:0" tells the command to execute immediately by specifying zero seconds.

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