Create Shutdown, Restart, and Logoff Desktop Icons

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Even GUI-oriented PC users should pay attention to parms of programs like commandline types do. Many because they are valuable in desktop shortcuts. An example is the shutdown command:

E:\Documents and Settings\Wayne>shutdown ?
Usage: shutdown [-i | -l | -s | -r | -a] [-f] [-m \\computername] [-t xx] [-c "comment"] [-d up:xx:yy]

        No args                 Display this message (same as -?)
        -i                      Display GUI interface, must be the first option
        -l                      Log off (cannot be used with -m option)
        -s                      Shutdown the computer
        -r                      Shutdown and restart the computer
        -a                      Abort a system shutdown
        -m \\computername       Remote computer to shutdown/restart/abort
        -t xx                   Set timeout for shutdown to xx seconds
        -c "comment"            Shutdown comment (maximum of 127 characters)
        -f                      Forces running applications to close without warning
        -d [u][p]:xx:yy         The reason code for the shutdown
                                u is the user code
                                p is a planned shutdown code
                                xx is the major reason code (positive integer less than 256)
                                yy is the minor reason code (positive integer less than 65536)

Create desktop shortcuts:

  • shutdown -s -t 00
    As you can see above, this says to shutdown immediately.
  • shutdown -r -t 00
    As you can see above, this says to shutdown and restart immediately.
  • shutdown -l -t 00
    As you can see above, this says to logoff immediately.

Pretty niffty.

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