There could be a situation when you left home only to realize you left your PC running. But thankfully you can Shut down or restart the computer remotely from another PC using the IP address. The need can arise anytime, but you always have to ensure that you know the right way to do that. There are several options to restart your computer remotely. You can do it either using the Windows inbuilt tools or by using any third-party application or program.
Windows has a shortcut to shut down or restart remote computers on your local network. To use this particular shortcut you’ll have to set up and configure your PC with an aim to shut down or restart it remotely anytime.
There are a few ways to help you shut down or restart remote computers. What are these? Follow the list below to learn how to reboot computers remotely. As a simplest tactic, you can use graphical user interface or command to restart your PC from another Windows PC or by using Linux computer.
How To Restart Remote Computer (Windows 10)
1. Use IP Address To Remotely Restart A Computer
Restarting remote computers using IP addresses is for the users on the same network. To either shut down the computer remotely you can use the Windows shutdown.exe tool or otherwise you can do it by opening the PowerShell tool. How to restart remote computer? Follow the steps below to learn the process:
- Open Windows PowerShell.
- Now, issue the shutdown command using the syntax: shutdown /r /f /m \\[remotecomputerIP] -t 00
- /m \[remotecomputerIP]– to target a specific device. You can also substitute [remotecomputerIP] with either the network name or IP address of the computer.
- /r forces full restart
- /hybrid—shutdown followed by fast start up, used in conjunction with /s
- /f forces all running applications to close
- /t 00 tells the command to restart without any time delay (zero seconds)
- /c enables the addition of a message, such as: “The IT department is remotely restarting your computer.”
- /? displays a full list of commands
In case the command does not work, you can try it again by replacing the forward slash ‘/’ with a hyphen ‘-’. The only limitation while using this process to shutdown remote computers is that you are required to be connected to your remote computer with admin privileges. If you have configured high security on your system, this might be a bit of a difficult process.
2. Use Remote Desktop to Restart Remote Computer
Remote Desktop is Windows inbuilt app and saves you from following the command approach to restart remote computer. This is used over a network and you’ll be required to set up port forwarding on your router. Type ‘rdp’ in the search bar to locate Remote Desktop Connection.
Run the Remote Desktop Connection app and input IP address or the hostname of your PC.
Enter the asked credentials to proceed further. When the connection is established you can use your mouse to reboot your computer in the usual way. Your system is restarted. You can follow the same process to shut down remote computers.
Also Read: How to customize your Windows Shutdown?
Were We Worth Your Help?
Try these hacks to shut down the remote computer if you have left something open and forget shutting it down. Also, you can anytime restart the computer remotely using the above stated process or using a third-party source like Shutter. Open this program on another PC using a web browser and follow the instructions ahead.
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