Restart or shutdown Windows 7 from Remote Desktop

By default, when you are remote desktop-ed into a machine, the start menu does not show an option to shutdown or restart. These options are not even shown in the Task manager. A quick google search turned up a reply from Mark L. Ferguson, Moderator on Social.Answers.Microsoft.com.  

here’s the skinny:

press the windows key + r

Type in shutdown -r -t 0 <- That’s a Zero

Hit Enter

the ‘-r’ parameter tells shutdown.exe to ‘restart’ and the ‘-t 0′ ¬†tells the application to show zero pop up warnings

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