Restart Windows 8 or server 2012 in a remote desktop session


Restarting  Windows 8 or Server 2012 when in a remote desktop session

When you’re in a remote desktop connection in Windows 8 or Server 2012 the quickest way to restart the PC is to go to the desktop and  press ALT-F4.   Pressing Alt-F4  inside an application will close that application, so make sure you are on the desktop.

The below Shut Down Windows screen will appear. Choose Restart to restart the system.

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7 Responses to Restart Windows 8 or server 2012 in a remote desktop session

  1. Abbey Brooks says:

    I think your article is pretty great, i found it from a good friend of mine from Thailand

  2. Colin says:

    Thanks for the article. Pretty lame though that I even had to read an article to figure out how to restart a server! MS has utterly failed in the usability of Windows 8/Server 2012 over remote desktop.. You can’t use the edge of the screen when your session is windowed or mith multiple monitors. I want my start menu back!

  3. TheMatrix says:

    Thanks for the tip. Hopefully SP1 has some kind of GUI option to restart/shutdown a PC/Server over Remote Desktop.

  4. Steve says:

    Colin, use WindowsKey+c to pull up the “Charms” menu, then arrow keys to navigate to power options.

  5. Start8 works fine on Server 2012

  6. David says:

    this works great for restarting the cpu, but what about restarting the server???

    • gandalf50 says:

      Something may have been lost in translation.CPU? SERVER? I use this method to restart servers all the time

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