How to remote restart a computer when it is stuck on shutdown

Written by jim campbell
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If your Windows computer does not shut down, applications might be stuck and stopping the "shut down" process from properly rebooting the operating system. This stops you from rebooting the computer and the computer locks at the desktop. When this occurs, you can use the "shutdown" utility to remotely reboot a computer and force the applications hanging the computer to close. The shutdown command is a beneficial administrator tool when you need to remotely control a network machine.

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  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button on the local computer. Type "cmd" into the text box and press the "Enter" key. This opens the Windows command line.

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    Type "shutdown --m \computername --r --f" into the command line where "computername" is the name of the computer you want to reboot. The "-f" command in this statement forces all applications to immediately close.

  3. 3

    Press the "Enter" key. The shutdown utility executes and a message returns to the prompt when the computer successfully reboots.

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