How to power off a PC remotely (over Terminal Services / Remote Desktop Connection)

Posted by Paul Braren on Aug 1 2011 (updated on Apr 4 2016) in
  • Productivity
  • Windows
  • This article has been largely replaced by an even easier approach that doesn't require 3rd party software, see:

    Article as it originally appeared below.

    For at least a decade, Windows has been blocking the ability to shut down the operating system when connected to the user interface remotely, using Terminal Services, aka, Remote Desktop Connection.

    Since 2002, I've been using a very simple executable program (that requires no installation) to shut down a computer that I'm remotely controlling.

    A free shutdown utility
    Created by Jorgen Bosman
    Made in Belgium


    Even this latest version from 2003 supports any version of Windows (server and desktop flavors, right through Windows 7).  Handy Wake-On-LAN and remote PC actions as well.

    Excellent online documentation here:

    Download here: