How to restart a computer remotely, you ask? We will discuss some of the ways you can remotely restart or shutdown your Windows 10 computer via the Internet. To get the job done, we were going to discuss how to do it via third-party tools and built-in Windows. Let’s go on and discuss how to restart or shutdown your computer remotely in the best possible way.
Restart or shutdown Windows 10 computer remotely
Whenever you feel the need to restart or shut down your computer from a remote location, test these tools to see if they work for you.
- Use Remote Desktop Connection
- Restart using Windows PowerShell
- Restart using Shutdown.exe
- Shutter tool.
Let’s examine them in detail.
1]Use Remote Desktop Connection
Remote Desktop Connection, a tool built into Windows 10/8/7, so no need to download anything else. RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) is a proprietary tool from Microsoft that allows remote access to a computer.
As it is integrated into Windows 10, simply search for it using the search bar and launch it. Once the tool is running, simply enter the IP address of the computer you want to access, as well as the user name and password when prompted.
After gaining access, use your mouse to restart the Windows 10 system in a common way and that’s it.
2]Restart using Windows PowerShell
Unlike the other methods mentioned here, this one requires that both systems are on the same network, so it’s not a remote reboot as you think, but still fine. With that, you can use a Windows 10 computer to restart another in the next room with just a few commands.
The first step is to launch the Windows PowerShell program, then type the command:
From there, type / r to force a full system restart.
Now if you want to know more about the other commands, type /? and press the Enter key on the keyboard.
3]Restart using Shutdown.exe
Another great way to shutdown your Windows 10 computer system remotely is to use Shutdown.exe. You don’t have to go far for this as it is pre-packaged in the operating system. Now, before you go ahead, you must first configure each computer that you plan to use.
This includes the computer you want to shut down and the computer that will be used to perform the task remotely.
OK, so the first thing we will need to do is make certain configurations to get things done by activating the Remote Registry service. The service is disabled by default, so let’s go and turn it on, right?
In order to activate the remote registry service, please launch the Service Manager. To do this, click on the Start menu, then type Services.msc then press the Enter key on your keyboard. Once open, look for Remote Registry in the list. From there, right click on it then select the option that says Properties.
After that go to the section that says Startup Type, click in the box next to it and a drop down menu should appear. In the menu, then click Automatic, then click Apply and continue by selecting OK.
- Open Windows Defender firewall
When it comes back to opening the required port, we have to do it through the Windows Defender Firewall app. In this case, you must activate Windows Firewall using the search option. After that please go to the section which says Allow an application or feature through Windows Defender firewall.
From there, scroll down to Windows Management Instrumental (WMI) and allow it to communicate through the firewall, and that’s it. Now your user account must have administrator privileges or the command to shut down your computer will not work.
The last step is to launch the command prompt, type the following command and press the Enter key:
The user should now see a shutdown dialog. Just follow the on-screen instructions to shutdown or restart another computer remotely.
4]Using the free shutter tool
Of course, we would be talking about Shutter since we recently reviewed it. It’s a great tool for scheduling events, but it’s also perfect for restarting your computer from a remote location or over the Internet in layman’s terms.
To start, open Options> Web Interface> Activate> Select Listen IP> Define your user name and password> Click Save.
In our experience, the program is easy to use and pleasing to the eyes. Nothing fancy here, but expect some features to be not very easy to understand. However, when it comes to restarting or shutting down your computer, there is no complexity here.
Granted, there are other ways to restart your computer remotely, but the options above are the ones we recommend, so give them a chance.