Posted On 2007-04-25 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Command Reference
Tags: Windows Commandline Windows
Views: 1435

Shutdown the computer


SHUTDOWN [logoff_option] [/m \\Computer] [options]

/i Display the GUI (must be the first option) /l Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d option /s Shutdown /r Shutdown and Restart /a Abort a system shutdown. (only during the time-out period)
/p Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning (only with /d) /h Hibernate the local computer (only with /f ) /e Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer

/m \\Computer : A remote computer to shutdown.

/t:xxx : Time until system shutdown in seconds. The valid range is xxx=0-600 seconds. [default=30]
/c "Msg" : An optional shutdown message [Max 127 chars]

/f : Force running applications to close.
This will not prompt for File-Save in any open applications.
so will result in a loss of all unsaved data!!!

/d u:xx:yy : List a USER reason code for the shutdown.
/d P:xx:yy : List a PLANNED reason code for the shutdown.
xx Specifies the major reason code (0-255)
yy Specifies the minor reason code (0-65536)

Options in bold are for Windows 2003 onlyExample:
To create a desktop shortcut that will immediately shutdown your system - set the shortcut Target Properties to:
C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe -s

When using this command to reboot a server, the shutdown process will normally allow about 30 seconds to ensure each running service has time to stop. The shutdown can be made faster if all the services are first halted using NET STOP

net stop "Microsoft Exchange Internet Mail Service"
net stop "Microsoft FTP Service"
net stop "Some other Service"
SHUTDOWN /t:25 /r
Typical Reason codes:
E = Expected
U = Unexpected
P = planned (C = customer defined)

Type Major Minor Title
U 0 0 Other (Unplanned)
E 0 0 Other (Unplanned)
E P 0 0 Other (Planned)
U 0 5 Other Failure: System Unresponsive
E 1 1 Hardware: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P 1 1 Hardware: Maintenance (Planned)
E 1 2 Hardware: Installation (Unplanned)
E P 1 2 Hardware: Installation (Planned)
P 2 3 Operating System: Upgrade (Planned)
E 2 4 Operating System: Reconfiguration (Unplanned)
E P 2 4 Operating System: Reconfiguration (Planned)
P 2 16 Operating System: Service pack (Planned)
2 17 Operating System: Hot fix (Unplanned)
P 2 17 Operating System: Hot fix (Planned)
2 18 Operating System: Security fix (Unplanned)
P 2 18 Operating System: Security fix (Planned)
E 4 1 Application: Maintenance (Unplanned)
E P 4 1 Application: Maintenance (Planned)
E P 4 2 Application: Installation (Planned)
E 4 5 Application: Unresponsive
E 4 6 Application: Unstable
U 5 15 System Failure: Stop error
E 5 19 Security issue
U 5 19 Security issue
E P 5 19 Security issue
E 5 20 Loss of network connectivity (Unplanned)
U 6 11 Power Failure: Cord Unplugged
U 6 12 Power Failure: Environment
P 7 0 Legacy API shutdown

e.g. SHUTDOWN /r /d P:2:17

About the Author

FortyPoundHead has posted a total of 1974 articles.

Comments On This Post

No comments on this post yet!

Do you have a thought relating to this post? You can post your comment here. If you have an unrelated question, you can use the Q&A section to ask it.

Or you can drop a note to the administrators if you're not sure where you should post.

Your IP address is:

Before you can post, you need to prove you are human. If you log in, this test goes away.

Code Links