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windows 7There are a lot of  ways to gain access to certain operations in Windows operating systems by using shell commands, shortcuts and other, unknown commands. However, you may not be aware that there are other ways to perform things on Windows which only need a simple click. No typing but a …click! It’s the case of shortcut icons. Here is a couple of examples to shutdown and reboot your computer at speed-light!

  1. As a first step, right-click on any empty space on your computer desktop.
  2. Click New and Shortcut.
  3. In the “Type the Location of the Item” type Shutdown.exe -s -t 00 and click Next.
  4. This will create a shutdown icon on the desktop. Double click it turn your PC off.
  5. If you want something more elaborate, you can add extra options to this shortcut.
  6. So, again right-click on the desktop and create a new shortcut.
  7. In the blank field copy and paste these commands: Shutdown.exe -r -t 15 -c “Warning: I am about to reboot the computer”.
  8. This will create a shortcut on the desktop. If clicked it will turn off your PC after 15 secs and will reboot it right after that.

[Thanks Brad for pointing out the error in this article!]

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5 Comments to “How to Make a Shutdown and Reboot shortcut on your Windows Desktop”

  1. mmg1818 Says:

    Thanks, I chose shutdown.exe -r -t 00

    for Windows 7 600

  2. Web Talk Says:

    Hi Brad, you are right!
    Apparently on some Vista these tricks do not work. I have correct the article accordingly. It should work now! Enjoy! Thanks.

  3. Brad Says:

    I am running Vista and neither of the shortcuts work.

  4. Web Talk Says:

    Look at the tags at the end of the article! However, yes, it also works on Vista!

  5. Brad Says:

    Will this work in Windows Vista?

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