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Restart remote computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JClark, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. JClark

    JClark Flightless Bird

    Hello Group:

    Both Systems: Windows XP/SP3

    I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    retarting.)

    Here's what I've tried:

    1. Start|Run|Taskmgr--->Shutdown|Restart
    (CTRL-ALT-DEL) of course typed on the home keyboard only brings up the
    taskmgr for the home computer.)

    2. ALT-CTRl-END, and then choose "restart"
    3. Batch commands such as this one (I didn't write any of them):

    :START
    cls
    @echo off
    echo.
    echo Remote Desktop Client - shutdown or restart
    echo.
    echo When you use Remote Desktop you do not have
    echo the usual restart/shutdown choices.
    echo This will RESTART or SHUTDOWN the remote client
    echo according to your choice.
    echo.
    echo 1. Restart
    echo 2. Shutdown
    echo 3. Abort
    echo.
    set /p userinp= Choose a number(1-3):
    set userinp=%userinp:~0,1%
    if "%userinp%"=="1" goto restart
    if "%userinp%"=="2" goto shutdown
    if "%userinp%"=="3" goto end
    echo invalid choice
    goto start
    :restart

    *******************************************************************
    I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe it's something on the
    remote computer which keeps it from restarting remotely.
    Thanks!

    Jack
     
  2. On 9/3/2010 7:07 AM, JClark wrote:
    > Hello Group:
    >
    > Both Systems: Windows XP/SP3
    >
    > I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    > Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    > from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    > the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    > computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    > retarting.)
    >
    > Here's what I've tried:
    >
    > 1. Start|Run|Taskmgr--->Shutdown|Restart
    > (CTRL-ALT-DEL) of course typed on the home keyboard only brings up the
    > taskmgr for the home computer.)
    >
    > 2. ALT-CTRl-END, and then choose "restart"
    > 3. Batch commands such as this one (I didn't write any of them):

    <snip>
    > *******************************************************************
    > I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe it's something on the
    > remote computer which keeps it from restarting remotely.
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Jack


    You need the shutgui.exe tool from Microsoft. I believe it came with
    the NT 4 and 2000 server utility packs. I'm sure you can find it if you
    google for it.
     
  3. Bert Hyman

    Bert Hyman Flightless Bird

    In news:qfo186d619e7kapmit7s1bik27ko099n8a@4ax.com JClark
    <jclark@invalid.com> wrote:

    > I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    > Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    > from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    > the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    > computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    > retarting.)


    Have you tried simply opening up a command window and entering

    shutdown -r

    ?

    If you're sitting at your office computer will "shutdown -r" work?

    --
    Bert Hyman St. Paul, MN bert@iphouse.com
     
  4. JClark

    JClark Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 03 Sep 2010 08:41:04 -0500, The poster formerly known as 'The
    Poster Formerly Known as Nina DiBoy' <me951@privacy.com> wrote:

    >On 9/3/2010 7:07 AM, JClark wrote:
    >> Hello Group:
    >>
    >> Both Systems: Windows XP/SP3
    >>
    >> I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    >> Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    >> from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    >> the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    >> computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    >> retarting.)
    >>
    >> Here's what I've tried:
    >>
    >> 1. Start|Run|Taskmgr--->Shutdown|Restart
    >> (CTRL-ALT-DEL) of course typed on the home keyboard only brings up the
    >> taskmgr for the home computer.)
    >>
    >> 2. ALT-CTRl-END, and then choose "restart"
    >> 3. Batch commands such as this one (I didn't write any of them):

    ><snip>
    >> *******************************************************************
    >> I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe it's something on the
    >> remote computer which keeps it from restarting remotely.
    >> Thanks!
    >>
    >> Jack

    >
    >You need the shutgui.exe tool from Microsoft. I believe it came with
    >the NT 4 and 2000 server utility packs. I'm sure you can find it if you
    >google for it.

    I have the Windows 2000 Resource Kit on CD. I'll look there and try
    it.

    Thanks.

    Jack
     
  5. JClark

    JClark Flightless Bird

    On 03 Sep 2010 13:59:34 GMT, Bert Hyman <bert@iphouse.com> wrote:

    >In news:qfo186d619e7kapmit7s1bik27ko099n8a@4ax.com JClark
    ><jclark@invalid.com> wrote:
    >
    >> I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    >> Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    >> from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    >> the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    >> computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    >> retarting.)

    >
    >Have you tried simply opening up a command window and entering
    >
    >shutdown -r
    >
    >?
    >
    >If you're sitting at your office computer will "shutdown -r" work?

    I haven't tried either. The usual Windows shutdown routine works fine
    in the office.
    Thanks much.

    I appreciate all replies and will work through the issue and post back
    what seems to be the best solution.

    Jack
     
  6. Tim Meddick

    Tim Meddick Flightless Bird

    You need to use the shutdown command; type "shutdown /i" at a Command
    Prompt (either choose "Command Prompt" from "Accessories" on the Windows
    Start Menu or type "cmd.exe" into the "Run" box).

    Using the command: shutdown /i - with the [/i] switch, brings up an
    easy-to-use user-interface dialog box. In this, there is an empty panel
    near the top, in which you pres either the "Add" or the "Browse" button to
    add a remote computer to this space.

    You would then choose what you want the remote PC to do (Shutdown, Restart,
    Logoff ) from the drop-down list, below the box above.

    Then you choose a number of seconds for the system to wait until it
    executes the desired task in another box below that.

    And, finally, you can type a message that will be displayed on the remote
    computer.

    Hope this helps.

    ==

    Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :)




    "JClark" <jclark@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:qfo186d619e7kapmit7s1bik27ko099n8a@4ax.com...
    > Hello Group:
    >
    > Both Systems: Windows XP/SP3
    >
    > I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    > Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    > from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    > the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    > computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    > retarting.)
    >
    > Here's what I've tried:
    >
    > 1. Start|Run|Taskmgr--->Shutdown|Restart
    > (CTRL-ALT-DEL) of course typed on the home keyboard only brings up the
    > taskmgr for the home computer.)
    >
    > 2. ALT-CTRl-END, and then choose "restart"
    > 3. Batch commands such as this one (I didn't write any of them):
    >
    > :START
    > cls
    > @echo off
    > echo.
    > echo Remote Desktop Client - shutdown or restart
    > echo.
    > echo When you use Remote Desktop you do not have
    > echo the usual restart/shutdown choices.
    > echo This will RESTART or SHUTDOWN the remote client
    > echo according to your choice.
    > echo.
    > echo 1. Restart
    > echo 2. Shutdown
    > echo 3. Abort
    > echo.
    > set /p userinp= Choose a number(1-3):
    > set userinp=%userinp:~0,1%
    > if "%userinp%"=="1" goto restart
    > if "%userinp%"=="2" goto shutdown
    > if "%userinp%"=="3" goto end
    > echo invalid choice
    > goto start
    > :restart
    >
    > *******************************************************************
    > I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe it's something on the
    > remote computer which keeps it from restarting remotely.
    > Thanks!
    >
    > Jack
     
  7. JClark

    JClark Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 6 Sep 2010 00:22:28 +0100, "Tim Meddick" <timmeddick@o2.co.uk>
    wrote:

    >You need to use the shutdown command; type "shutdown /i" at a Command
    >Prompt (either choose "Command Prompt" from "Accessories" on the Windows
    >Start Menu or type "cmd.exe" into the "Run" box).
    >
    >Using the command: shutdown /i - with the [/i] switch, brings up an
    >easy-to-use user-interface dialog box. In this, there is an empty panel
    >near the top, in which you pres either the "Add" or the "Browse" button to
    >add a remote computer to this space.
    >
    >You would then choose what you want the remote PC to do (Shutdown, Restart,
    >Logoff ) from the drop-down list, below the box above.
    >
    >Then you choose a number of seconds for the system to wait until it
    >executes the desired task in another box below that.
    >
    >And, finally, you can type a message that will be displayed on the remote
    >computer.
    >
    >Hope this helps.
    >
    >==
    >
    >Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :)
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >"JClark" <jclark@invalid.com> wrote in message
    >news:qfo186d619e7kapmit7s1bik27ko099n8a@4ax.com...
    >> Hello Group:
    >>
    >> Both Systems: Windows XP/SP3
    >>
    >> I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office computer.
    >> Everything works fine unless I have to restart the office computer
    >> from home. Every command I've tried from the home computer just shuts
    >> the office computer down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    >> computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password preventing its
    >> retarting.)
    >>
    >> Here's what I've tried:
    >>
    >> 1. Start|Run|Taskmgr--->Shutdown|Restart
    >> (CTRL-ALT-DEL) of course typed on the home keyboard only brings up the
    >> taskmgr for the home computer.)
    >>
    >> 2. ALT-CTRl-END, and then choose "restart"
    >> 3. Batch commands such as this one (I didn't write any of them):
    >>
    >> :START
    >> cls
    >> @echo off
    >> echo.
    >> echo Remote Desktop Client - shutdown or restart
    >> echo.
    >> echo When you use Remote Desktop you do not have
    >> echo the usual restart/shutdown choices.
    >> echo This will RESTART or SHUTDOWN the remote client
    >> echo according to your choice.
    >> echo.
    >> echo 1. Restart
    >> echo 2. Shutdown
    >> echo 3. Abort
    >> echo.
    >> set /p userinp= Choose a number(1-3):
    >> set userinp=%userinp:~0,1%
    >> if "%userinp%"=="1" goto restart
    >> if "%userinp%"=="2" goto shutdown
    >> if "%userinp%"=="3" goto end
    >> echo invalid choice
    >> goto start
    >> :restart
    >>
    >> *******************************************************************
    >> I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe it's something on the
    >> remote computer which keeps it from restarting remotely.
    >> Thanks!
    >>
    >> Jack

    Tim, Thanks for your thoughts. I am in the process of trying out the
    various suggestions I have received on this thread. First I went to
    the office today and found that I can indeed restart it "on site"
    with the various commands I tried, such as

    shutdown -r -t 01 (from command line)

    But that didn't work from home.
    So I'm working on other efforts.
    One error message stated I had to "force" the shutdown, so I added the
    -f switch to the command line command. That didn't work.

    The remote office computer also has ZoneAlarm Firewall, and I noticed
    as it was shutting down there was a ZA message about "vector"
    something or other. (The remote computer shut down but did not
    restart.) So I'm stuck for working on the problem until I can get back
    over there tomorrow and turn it back on.

    So I'm trying various methods. Yours looks like a nice one.

    Again, I'll report back what works when I get it working.

    Jack
     
  8. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:rtu886p16hmpbtmjo6cp145446hgutjclk@4ax.com,
    JClark <jclark@invalid.com> typed:
    > On Mon, 6 Sep 2010 00:22:28 +0100, "Tim Meddick"
    > <timmeddick@o2.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >> You need to use the shutdown command; type "shutdown /i"
    >> at a Command Prompt (either choose "Command Prompt" from
    >> "Accessories" on the Windows Start Menu or type "cmd.exe"
    >> into the "Run" box).
    >>
    >> Using the command: shutdown /i - with the [/i] switch,
    >> brings up an easy-to-use user-interface dialog box. In
    >> this, there is an empty panel near the top, in which you
    >> pres either the "Add" or the "Browse" button to add a
    >> remote computer to this space.
    >>
    >> You would then choose what you want the remote PC to do
    >> (Shutdown, Restart, Logoff ) from the drop-down list,
    >> below the box above.
    >>
    >> Then you choose a number of seconds for the system to wait
    >> until it executes the desired task in another box below
    >> that.
    >>
    >> And, finally, you can type a message that will be
    >> displayed on the remote computer.
    >>
    >> Hope this helps.
    >>
    >> ==
    >>
    >> Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :)
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "JClark" <jclark@invalid.com> wrote in message
    >> news:qfo186d619e7kapmit7s1bik27ko099n8a@4ax.com...
    >>> Hello Group:
    >>>
    >>> Both Systems: Windows XP/SP3
    >>>
    >>> I use Windows remote desktop from home to my office
    >>> computer. Everything works fine unless I have to restart
    >>> the office computer from home. Every command I've tried
    >>> from the home computer just shuts the office computer
    >>> down, and does not restart it. (The remote office
    >>> computer does not have a CMOS or other startup password
    >>> preventing its retarting.)
    >>>
    >>> Here's what I've tried:
    >>>
    >>> 1. Start|Run|Taskmgr--->Shutdown|Restart
    >>> (CTRL-ALT-DEL) of course typed on the home keyboard only
    >>> brings up the taskmgr for the home computer.)
    >>>
    >>> 2. ALT-CTRl-END, and then choose "restart"
    >>> 3. Batch commands such as this one (I didn't write any of
    >>> them):
    >>>
    >>>> START
    >>> cls
    >>> @echo off
    >>> echo.
    >>> echo Remote Desktop Client - shutdown or restart
    >>> echo.
    >>> echo When you use Remote Desktop you do not have
    >>> echo the usual restart/shutdown choices.
    >>> echo This will RESTART or SHUTDOWN the remote client
    >>> echo according to your choice.
    >>> echo.
    >>> echo 1. Restart
    >>> echo 2. Shutdown
    >>> echo 3. Abort
    >>> echo.
    >>> set /p userinp= Choose a number(1-3):
    >>> set userinp=%userinp:~0,1%
    >>> if "%userinp%"=="1" goto restart
    >>> if "%userinp%"=="2" goto shutdown
    >>> if "%userinp%"=="3" goto end
    >>> echo invalid choice
    >>> goto start
    >>>> restart
    >>>
    >>> *******************************************************************
    >>> I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Maybe it's something
    >>> on the remote computer which keeps it from restarting
    >>> remotely.
    >>> Thanks!
    >>>
    >>> Jack

    > Tim, Thanks for your thoughts. I am in the process of
    > trying out the various suggestions I have received on this
    > thread. First I went to the office today and found that I
    > can indeed restart it "on site" with the various commands
    > I tried, such as
    >
    > shutdown -r -t 01 (from command line)
    >
    > But that didn't work from home.
    > So I'm working on other efforts.
    > One error message stated I had to "force" the shutdown, so
    > I added the -f switch to the command line command. That
    > didn't work.
    >
    > The remote office computer also has ZoneAlarm Firewall, and
    > I noticed as it was shutting down there was a ZA message
    > about "vector" something or other. (The remote computer
    > shut down but did not restart.) So I'm stuck for working on
    > the problem until I can get back over there tomorrow and
    > turn it back on.
    >
    > So I'm trying various methods. Yours looks like a nice one.
    >
    > Again, I'll report back what works when I get it working.
    >
    > Jack


    You forgot to use a run-once on the remote machine to get them both
    reconnected automatically. Once you shut down, the connecton has been broken
    and needs to be re-established.
     
  9. JClark

    JClark Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 6 Sep 2010 13:21:35 -0400, "Twayne" <nobody@spamcop.net>
    wrote:

    >You forgot to use a run-once on the remote machine to get them both
    >reconnected automatically. Once you shut down, the connecton has been broken
    >and needs to be re-established.
    >

    HI Twayne,

    I'm not sure what a "run-once" is. I'll look it up, of course. Perhaps
    that would have helped. But I really wasn't so concerned about not
    getting the two computers re-connected. I just couldn't get the remote
    machine to actually restart rather than just shutdown, so that I had
    to make a trip over there and manualy restart it

    My major goal was just to get the remote machine to restart, even if
    it was all alone over there in the office. At least then I could
    reconnect to it with Remote Desktop. Impossible when the remote was
    completely shut down.

    Sorry to belabor the response.

    But I seemed to have solved the problem now, and I'll post that as a
    separate reply to my original post.

    Thanks much, and I'll look up the "run-once" thing. Or if you have any
    links to that, I'd be glad to review it.

    Jack
     
  10. JClark

    JClark Flightless Bird

    Well it looks as though I now have solution to restarting the remote
    office machine from my home computer. To re-iterate, there was never
    any trouble connecting to the remote box so long as it was "on"! But
    when I needed to reboot the remote machine, for any of the usual
    reasons, updates, etc. it would simply shut down, forcing me to drive
    over there and manually restart it.

    But now a fairly simple command has worked in three tests:

    shutdown -r -f -t01

    The -f switch apparently "forces" the restart process. I did get one
    message once that the system was locked and would have to be "forced"
    to restart. But, again, it's working and hasn't done any harm so far.

    I put the command in a little batch file, and it works fine! (I added
    a line about the ZoneAlarm restarting the internet monitor, since the
    restart command won't start until I get rid of that prompt.)

    *****************************************************************

    @echo off
    : start
    echo THIS COMMAND WILL RESTART
    echo THE COMPUTER IN 01 SECOND
    echo CLOSE ANY RUNNING PROGRAMS
    echo BACK UP ANY NEEDED DATA
    echo BEFORE PRESSING ENTER
    echo CHOOSE "NO" WHEN PROMPTED
    echo TO RESTART VECTOR INT MON
    Pause

    shutdown -r -f -t 01

    : end

    Many thanks to all for suggestions.

    Jack
     

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