Reboot Windows computer from command line (CMD)

We can reboot a Windows computer from command line using the in-built shutdown command.  Below you can find syntax of this command for various use cases.

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

To force applications to close 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"

The above commands for system reboot work on all Windows releases – Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Vista, Windows server 2003 and 2008.

Reboot Windows using WMIC commands:

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

wmic os where Primary='TRUE' reboot
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