You can shut down a Microsoft Windows computer remotely over a network using commands. This comes in handy for me when I don’t have the energy to go all the way downstairs to shut my desktop computer off.
- From a remote computer, hold the Windows Key down and press “R” to bring up the Run dialog.
- Type this command, then press “Enter“:
shutdown /f /s /m \\computername
- The /f forces applications to close.
- The /s indicates a Shutdown, not a restart.
- The /m indicates you are entering a remote target computer name.
Alternately, you could replace “\\computername” with the IP Address of the computer. You can also add /t 60 to give tell it to shut down in 60 seconds. You can replace the 60 with the amount of seconds you wish. Perfect for when you’re trying to send the message to your child to wrap it up and go to bed.
You can find more parameters you can use with the shutdown command over at Microsoft TechNet.
As a note, you need to be logged into an account that has administrator rights to the computer you are shutting down.