Shutdown & Restart Shortcuts for Windows XP & Windows 2000

Windows 2000 (with the Resource Kit installed) and Windows XP (natively) have an actual shutdowncommand that can be launched from a command prompt or from a shortcut. This command starts a 30-second countdown for a shutdown or restart.


To see all available options for this command

  1. Go to a Command prompt
  2. Type SHUTDOWN /?

You can also study the available options in the Microsoft KB 317371, “How to Use the Remote Shutdown Tool to Shut Down and Restart a Computer in Windows 2000.” The article is suitable for Win XP also.

Abort a shutdown

  1. Go to a Command prompt
  2. Type SHUTDOWN -a

Restart Windows

  1. Go to a Command prompt
  2. Type SHUTDOWN -r -t 01

Shutdown Windows

  1. Go to a Command prompt
  2. Type SHUTDOWN -s -t 01

Restart Server

  1. Go to a Command prompt
  2. Type SHUTDOWN -r -f -t 00