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How to Shut down Windows 7 from Remote Desktop Connection

Microsoft Windows Remote Desktop Connection is a useful feature that allows you connect to a remote computer in a different location. For example, it enables you to connect to your work computer from your home computer and have access to all of your programs, files, and network resources as if you were in front of your computer at work. However, for some reasons, Windows 7 does not allow user to shut down the computer when using logged on the system via Remote Desktop Connection. This helps to prevent you from shutting down a remote computer inadvertently. But what to do when you really want to turn off the computer?

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Follow this steps to shut down the computer via Remote Desktop Connection:

  1. Open the DOS command (Click Start, type cmd, in the search result right click the cmd and selected Run as Administrator)
  2. Type the following command and press Enter key:

    shutdown /s

  3. You will see a prompt telling you that the computer will be shut down in a few seconds.
  4. The remote computer will be shut down in a few seconds and the Remote Desktop Connection is closed.
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