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hpr2783 :: The Windows "Shutdown.exe" Command Explained

A rundown of the Windows "shutdown.exe" command.

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Hosted by Claudio Miranda on 2019-04-03 is flagged as Clean and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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  • Introduced in Windows 2000 as a way to shutdown the PC via the command prompt.
  • Included in all versions since Windows 2000 all the way to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.
  • ReactOS, the open source binary-compatible clone of Windows, also includes the shutdown.exe command and the commands are the same.
  • Located in %windir%\System32. The variable %windir% is usually c:\windows. In ReactOS, the variable is usually c:\reactos (failed to mention this in the recording).



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Comment #1 posted on 2019-04-04 10:08:59 by Bubba

Shutdown.exe command

Thanks for the insight. There's a scheduled power outage at work next month, and with this I can make sure everybody's workstation is shut down properly without running around and looking at power lights.

Comment #2 posted on 2019-04-06 14:12:22 by ClaudioM

Also Useful with PsExec from Sysinternals Suite

Glad you found it useful. While you can use it alone, it's also useful with tools like PsExec from the Sysinternals suite. I might do an episode about that particular command as well. That suite has so many tools but PsExec is the one I use the most.

You could probably create a batch file or Powershell script to go through a list of hostnames and have them reboot/shutdown remotely.

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