Reboot Windows computer from command line (CMD)

We can reboot a Windows computer from command line using the in-built shutdowncommand.  Below you can find syntax of this command for various use cases. The below commands work on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and all other server editions.

Command to reboot windows computer

shutdown /r

The above command will set a time out of 30 seconds to close the applications. After 30 seconds, windows reboot will start.

If you want to reboot Windows with your own time out value you can use the below command.

shutdown /r /t timeout_in_seconds

To shutdown a Windows computer

shutdown /s

To abort computer reboot

If you have issued a reboot command and have changed mind, you can stop Windows reboot by running the below command.

shutdown /a

When you run this, you would see a pop up window at the right bottom part of the screen(near system tray) that shows the message “The scheduled shutdown has been cancelled”.

To force reboot by closing applications without warning

shutdown /r /f

Open the shutdown GUI

shutdown /i

Add reason for the reboot of the computer

shutdown /r /c "This is the reason for the reboot of the computer"

Reboot Windows using WMIC commands:

Reboot windows using WMIC

You can run the below wmic command to reboot Windows OS.

wmic os where Primary='TRUE' reboot