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How to Remotely Restart a Windows Machine Through Command Line

Part 1 Enabling Remote Restart

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    Make sure that you’re on the computer that you want to restart. Before you can remotely restart a computer on your network, you must set up the computer to receive remote instructions.

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    Open Start

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    . Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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    Type services into Start. Doing so searches the computer for the Services app.

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    Click Services. It’s a gear-shaped app at the top of the Start window. The Services window will open.

    • If this option doesn’t appear, type services.msc into Start to force it to appear.
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    Scroll down and click Remote Registry. It’s in the “R” section of the main window. Clicking Remote Registry selects it.

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    Click the “Properties” icon. It’s a grey box with a folder on it just below the View tab at the top of the window. The Properties window will open.

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    Click the “Startup type” drop-down box. This box is to the right of the “Startup type” heading in the middle of the window. A drop-down menu will appear.

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    Select Automatic. Click Automatic in the drop-down menu.

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    Click OK. It’s at the bottom of the window. Doing so enables remote restart on this computer.

Part 2 Allowing Remote Restart in Firewall

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    Open Start

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    . Make sure you’re still using the computer that you want to remotely restart.

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    Type firewall into Start. This will search for the Windows Firewall app.

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    Click Windows Firewall. It’s an image of a brick wall and a globe. You’ll find it at the top of the Start window.

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    Click Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall. This link is in the top-left corner of the window. Doing so opens a list of all programs and services on the computer.

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    Click Change settings. It’s above the upper-right corner of the list of programs. Clicking it unlocks the list of programs.

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    Scroll down to the “Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI)” option. You’ll find this near the bottom of the list of programs.

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    Check the “Windows Management Instrumentation” box. It’s to the left of this option.

    • If the computers you’re using are on a public network, you’ll also need to check the “Public” box on the far-right side of the page.
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    Click OK. It’s at the bottom of the window. This computer will no longer block remote access in Firewall.

Part 3 Finding the Computer’s Name

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    Open Start

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    . Again, you’ll need to do this on the computer that you want to restart, not the computer from which you send the “Restart” command.

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    Open File Explorer

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    . Click the folder-shaped icon in the Start window.

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    Click This PC. It’s a computer-shaped folder on the left side of the File Explorer window.

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    Click the Computer tab. This option is in the upper-left side of the window. A toolbar will appear below the tab.

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    Click Properties. It’s a red checkmark on a white box in the far-left side of the toolbar. This will open the Properties page for this computer.

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    Note the computer’s name. You’ll find the “Computer name” section under the “Computer name, domain, and work group settings” heading in the middle of the page.

    • Make sure you write down the name exactly as it appears in this menu.

Part 4 Restarting via Command Prompt

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    Open another computer on your network. This computer must have administrative privileges, and it must be on the same network as the computer that you want to restart.

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    Open Start

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    . Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

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    Type command prompt. This will search your computer for the Command Prompt app.

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    Click

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    Command Prompt. It’s at the top of the Start window.

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    Type shutdown /i into Command Prompt, then press Enter. This command brings up a window from which you can remotely restart the other computer.

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    Click Add…. It’s on the right side of the window. Doing so opens another window.

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    Enter the other computer’s name. Type the name of the computer that you want to restart into the text field in the window.
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    Click OK. It’s at the bottom of the window.

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    Make sure the computer is set to restart. In the “What do you want these computers to do” section, click the drop-down box and select Restart if it isn’t displayed here.

    • You can also check or uncheck the option to deliver a warning to the user of the computer before shutting down, or you can adjust the time limit to restart (the default is 30 seconds).
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    Click OK. It’s at the bottom of the window. This will prompt the other computer to restart as soon as the selected time limit expires.

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Tips

  • If the computer that you’re trying to shut down has third-party antivirus or firewall software, you may need to disable it before the remote restart will work.

Warnings

  • Don’t restart a computer if you don’t have permission to do so.

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