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Reboot Windows computer from command line (CMD)

We can reboot a Windows computer from command line using the in-built shutdown command.  Below you can find syntax of this command for various use cases. The below commands work on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and all other server editions.

Command to reboot windows computer

shutdown /r

The above command will set a time out of 30 seconds to close the applications. After 30 seconds, windows reboot will start.

If you want to reboot Windows with your own time out value you can use the below command.

shutdown /r /t timeout_in_seconds

To shutdown a Windows computer

shutdown /s

To abort computer reboot

If you have issued a reboot command and have changed mind, you can stop Windows reboot by running the below command.

shutdown /a

When you run this, you would see a pop up window at the right bottom part of the screen(near system tray) that shows the message “The scheduled shutdown has been cancelled”.

To force reboot by closing applications without warning

shutdown /r /f

Open the shutdown GUI

shutdown /i

Add reason for the reboot of the computer

shutdown /r /c "This is the reason for the reboot of the computer"

Reboot Windows using WMIC commands:

Reboot windows using WMIC

You can run the below wmic command to reboot Windows OS.

wmic os where Primary='TRUE' reboot

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8 comments… add one
  • Binay

    Is the abort command supposed to work if one has issued the reboot from GUI. I have tried this on my Windows 7 Ultimate, it does not seem to be working. it says ‘no shutdown was in progress’

    • admin

      Abort works only when you had issued the reboot/shutdown using the command. GUI actions are not aborted by /a option.

  • James

    I’ve just attempted all commands from Windows 7 Ultimate install disk (used as recovery disk) and I obviously have a fault with my disk trying to load the Windows installation volume, I’ve launched command prompt via shift F10 as the GUI was not responding or should I say it had a never ending hour glass, trying a force shut down resulted in ‘the function is unknown’ proceeded with some numerical digits inside of closed brackets?

  • Ramesh

    Shutdown /a is very handy when windows update tries to force reboot your computer. You can run this command and cancel the reboot if you don’t want the reboot to happen at that time.

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  • Srini

    Works for rebooting Windows 10 from cmd.

  • oldcomputerguy

    Very useful – works from remote desktop via command prompt.

  • Erick

    its Worked fine. this is awesome.

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