Shutdown.exe is a Powerful Utility in Windows to Restart or Shutdown a Machine

By | September 26, 2012

Shutdown.exe is a Powerful Utility in Windows to Restart or Shutdown a Machine

Shutdown.exe is a Microsoft powerful utility that is available in Windows operating systems to manage the system reboot and shutdown procedures. This Shutdown.exe can also be used to manage the restart and shutdown of the remote machines.

The Shutdown.exe tool can be found inside the system32 Windows folder, and this exact location is “C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe”. Shutdown.exe can be executable from Windows CMD and Windows RUN to perform a restart or shutdown of remote or local machine.

Attached screenshots shows an example to force reboot a machine with time period of 30 Seconds.

Command: Shutdown.exe –r –f –t 30 (were r – reboot, -f –force, -t – time in seconds)

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The Shutdown.exe tool syntax and this usage are described below,

Usage: shutdown.exe [/i | /l | /s | /r | /g | /a | /p | /h | /e] [/f]
[/m \\computer][/t xxx][/d [p|u:]xx:yy [/c "comment"]]

No args    Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
/?         Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/i         Display the graphical user interface (GUI).
This must be the first option.
/l         Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/s         Shutdown the computer.
/r         Shutdown and restart the computer.
/g         Shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is
rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/a         Abort a system shutdown.
This can only be used during the time-out period.
/p         Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning.
Can be used with /d and /f options.
/h         Hibernate the local computer.
Can be used with the /f option.
/e         Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
/m         \\computer Specify the target computer.
/t xxx     Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds.
The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
If the timeout period is greater than 0, the /f parameter is implied.
/c        "comment" Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown.
Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
/f        Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
The /f parameter is implied when a value greater than 0 is specified for 
the /t parameter.
/d [p|u:]xx:yy  Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
                p indicates that the restart or shutdown is planned.
                u indicates that the reason is user defined.
                If neither p nor u is specified the restart or 
                shutdown is unplanned.
xx is the major reason number (positive integer less than 256).
yy is the minor reason number (positive integer less than 65536).

Reasons on this computer:
(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)
E       2    2    Operating System: Recovery (Planned)
E P     2    2    Operating System: Recovery (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
U      5    19    Security issue
E       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

Cheers!!
Melbin Mathew

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Melbin Mathew

I am Melbin Mathew, Systems Engineer from Kerala, India. I live with my parents, daughter and my wonderful wife. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Hardware from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and completed certification in MCITP, RHCE, CCNA, VCP ...Read More