Manage Learn to apply best practices and optimize your operations.

Top Windows command-line commands

4/6

Shut down a computer with shutdown /s

Source:  iStock/RUSSELLTATEdotCOM
Visual Editor: Sarah Evans/TechTarget

Sometimes, when you're going through your systems management routines, you may have to shut down or restart a user's computer. The shutdown /s command is a script to do just that. The user receives a notification saying their computer will shut down in one minute. If you are performing the command remotely, you should use shutdown /m \\computername /s.

To automatically have the computer restart, you would use shutdown /r. If you start to shut down a computer and change your mind, you can abort the operation with shutdown /a. If you want to ensure the user has enough warning before the shutdown, you can give them two minutes with shutdown /r /t 120 /c "Shutting Down for maintenance" /f /d p:4:1.

If you don't need to shut down a user's computer but you do need to ensure it is fully updated before the Windows Update/Automatic Update client does its job, you can use wuauclt /detectnow to do so. Windows Update/Automatic Update contacts Microsoft every 22 hours to see if there is an update it should push to the computer.

View All Photo Stories

Join the conversation

1 comment

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

Have you ever accidentally shut down a user's computer before they could save?
Cancel

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchVirtualDesktop

SearchWindowsServer

SearchExchange

Close