Windows XP

How to shutdown Windows XP via the Command Prompt

Written by Ian Carnaghan · 54 sec read >
  • First we need to open the Command Prompt
    • Press WINDOWS KEY+R together to open the Run window and type in the command below and hit OK to open Command Prompt.
      {codecitation type: bash}cmd{/codecitation}
    • Or click on Start->All Programs->Accessories->Command Prompt to open the Command Prompt.
  • Once the Command Prompt window has opened we can type in the ‘shutdown‘ command. The shutdown command has many options, below we will use some examples
  1. Example 1
  • Shutdown PC
    • -s = Tells the shutdown command to shutdown
      {codecitation type: bash}shutdown -s{/codecitation}
  1. Example 2
  • Shutdown PC within 30 seconds
    • -s = Tells the shutdown command to shutdown
    • -t  = Specify time followed by a open space followed by the number of seconds
      {codecitation type: bash}shutdown -s -t 30{/codecitation}
  1. Example 3
  • Shutdown PC within 30 seconds and displaying a message
    • -s = Tells the shutdown command to shutdown
    • -t = Specify time followed by a open space followed by the number of seconds, we add another blank space after the amount of seconds with a message, this message will display when the seconds countdown begins
      {codecitation type: bash}shutdown -s -t 30 “Ready to shutdown!!! Hurry Up!!!”{/codecitation}
  1. Example 4
  • Canceling the shutdown process (First need to have Command Prompt open)
    • -a =  Tells shutdown to cancel
      {codecitation type: bash}shutdown -a{/codecitation}


NOTE
: In order to view all options for the shutdown command, open the Command Prompt and enter the command below
{codecitation type: bash}shutdown /?{/codecitation} this will display a list of options on how to use this command.

Last Updated On March 24, 2018
Written by Ian Carnaghan
I am a software developer and online educator who likes to keep up with all the latest in technology. I also manage cloud infrastructure, continuous monitoring, DevOps processes, security, and continuous integration and deployment. Profile

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