LKBEN11380: Reboot Windows from the command line

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


You need to reboot a server or a workstation from the command line


Sometimes a reboot is needed


To reboot a windows system from the command line you use the shutdown command with the appropriate parameters.

To reboot after 10 seconds you use:

shutdown /r /t 10

You can also use the followind command:

shutdown /r /t 10 /m localhost

To reboot a remote system you change localhost with the computername of the system you want to reboot:

shutdown /r /t 10 /m \\computername

The remote system needs to be configured for accepting remote commands.

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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