When controlling a computer with Windows XP via Remote Desktop I often had the problem that there only were “disconnect” and “Log off” links in the start menu. No way to restart, hibernate or shut down the computer…. Hm…
I have found tricks using psshutdown of the Sysinternals Tools or even VBScripts on the web (e.g. look at the top 10 of remote shutdown options), but there is one simple and elegant solution!
This trick does it well:
- Click the Task Bar or the desktop
- Press “ALT-F4” (which actually says you want to close Windows Explorer)
- Choose “hibernate” or “restart” or “shutdown” from the popup