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PsShutdown is part of the PsTools toolkit developed by Sysinternals. Shutdown, logoff and power manage local and remote systems.


PsShutdown is part of the PsTools suite. To install it, please refer to this section.



psshutdown -s|-r|-h|-d|-k|-a|-l|-o [-f] [-c] [-t [nn|h:m]] [-v nn] [-e [u|p]:xx:yy] [-m "message"]
[-u Username [-p password]] [-n s] [\\computer[,computer[,...]|@file]


Abort a shutdown (only possible while countdown is in progress)
Allow the shutdown to be aborted by the interactive user
Suspend the computer
Shutdown reason code (available on Windows XP and higher).
Specify 'u' for unplanned and 'p' for planned shutdown reason codes.
xx is the major reason code (must be less than 256)
yy is the minor reason code (must be less than 65536)
Forces running applications to close
Hibernate the computer
Poweroff the computer (reboot if poweroff is not supported)
Lock the computer
Message to display to logged on users
Specifies timeout in seconds connecting to remote computers
Logoff the console user
Specifies optional password for user name. If you omit this you will be prompted to enter a hidden password.
Reboot after shutdown
Shutdown without poweroff
Specifies countdown in seconds until shutdown (default is 20) or the time of shutdown (in 24 hour notation)
Specifies optional user name for login to remote computer.
Display message for the specified number of seconds before the shutdown. If you omit this parameter the shutdown notification dialog displays and specifying a value of 0 omits the dialog.
Shutdown the computer or computers specified
Shutdown the computers listed in the file specified


From the requesting computer:

C:\pstools>psshutdown \\ -u pilou -p oops

PsShutdown v2.52 - Shutdown, logoff and power manage local and remote systems
Copyright (C) 1999-2006 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals - is scheduled to power off in 00:00:20.

On the targeted computer: