We can reboot a Windows computer from command line using the in-built shutdown command. This article explains the commands to reboot for various use cases along with examples. The below commands work on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and all other server editions.
Command to reboot windows computer
This command sets 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
How 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.
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
Reboot with a reason
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
Reboot a remote computer