How to power off a PC remotely (over Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Connection)

For at least a decade, Windows has been blocking the ability to shut down the operating system when connected to the user interface remotely, using Terminal Services, aka, Remote Desktop Connection.

Since 2002, I’ve been using a very simple executable program (that requires no installation) to shut down a computer that I’m remotely controlling.

A free shutdown utility
Created by Jorgen Bosman
Made in Belgium

Even this latest version from 2003 supports any version of Windows (server and desktop flavors, right through Windows 7).  Handy Wake-On-LAN and remote PC actions as well.

Excellent online documentation here:

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  • Martin Eskesen

    You can do this with a command prompt:

    shutdown -s -f -t 0

    I use it all the time.

  • tinkererguy

    Thank you Martin, great alternative/counterpoint!

    FYI, for me, I’m sometimes too lazy to memorize or lookup the CLI for power commands, so I instead just run this .exe from a shared drive on my network on any old machine, and I’m good to go.  I also use the WOL (Wake on LAN / Magic Packet) and other features of poweroff as well, so it has just sort of become part of my standard arsenal of tools I regularly trust and use.

    • Paul Braren