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Reboot Your Computer Remotely Using Poweroff- PC Software Help
Everyone knows how to shut down their computer but what if you have multiple computers in different locations on your network and you need to shut one down or reboot it? If you are a remote desktop user, you may have noticed that there is no option to shutdown or reboot your computer remotely unless of course you are accessing a Windows Server operating system as the remote computer. Workstation clients such as Windows XP will only let you logoff or disconnect. Of course there is the command line shutdown option which works pretty good assuming you know the command and the switches to reboot a remote computer.
There is a handy little free program that will allow you to shut down or reboot your remote computer with just a few clicks. It is called Poweroff. Poweroff can be downloaded here. All you need to do to get the basic usage from the program is as follows:
Make a folder on the remote computer and copy the Poweroff files to this folder. You can make a shortcut to poweroff.exe on your desktop for easy access.
Run poweroff.exe from the remote computer. If you don't see the .exe after poweroff, go here to learn how to set your folder options.
Check the Local Computer box since you are technically running it locally even though you are accessing the computer remotely.
Select the desired action such as reboot, shutdown, lock etc.
Select when you would like the action to take place
Finally, click on Do it.
One thing you may want to do is after it reboots and before you log in using Remote Desktop again, select Remote Desktop options and put in your password or else it may not log you back on.
To get more information about Poweroff or check for a newer version you can go to their website here.
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