Windows 8 Shutdown Command
How to Shut Down Windows 8
There are three parts to this page. Quick instructions to find the Windows 8 Shut down button, creating a shutdown tile for the Metro-style UI, and learning the Shutdown switches.
Windows 8 'Shutdown' Topics
Before I discuss tricks with the shutdown executable, a few words for those newbies who are struggling to find the normal shutdown button. Firstly, 'Sign out' by clicking on your account icon, then at the main front screen seek out the Power button (see screen shot below). Click, and you have the option to Shut down or Restart.
Windows 8 Shut down with Keyboard
Windows 8 Shutdown Plan B - Turn on the Charm!
Here are instructions to create a Shut down button in the Windows 8 Metro interface. Confession: it took me three goes before I got it to work. My point: there is less scope than usual to deviate from the 'official' script. It helps if you understand these 3 underlying principles.
Detailed Instructions to Create a Windows 8 Shutdown Tile
Windows Shutdown Tile Variations:
Tweak the Shutdown command, at least while your testing you may wish to change /t 20 to /t 120. The benefit is you can go to the command prompt (or PowerPoint) and issue the counter-command: Shutdown /a. This aborts the shutdown.
Challenge 1: Make a second tile but with the Shutdown /a command. See screenshot above.
Challenge 2: Create a tile that instead of shutting down, restarts your Windows 8 computer. Key command Shutdown /r.
Encouraging computers to sleep when they're not in use is a great idea - until you are away from your desk and need a file on that remote sleeping machine!
WOL also has business uses for example, rousing machines so that they can have update patches applied. My real reason for recommending you download this free tool is because it's so much fun sending those 'Magic Packets'. Give WOL a try - it's free.
The rest of this page explains how to fine-tune the shutdown command by appending a variety of switches.
While you can execute shutdown from the command line you can also run it from a GUI by typing Shutdown -i. Incidentally, this highlights a heated debate, should you precede switch with a slash or a hyphen? Frankly, it does not matter, for instance, Shutdown /i works just the same as Shutdown -i.
People often wonder why you need the /s (Shutdown) switch at all; well, the reason is that you need to tell the operating system whether you want to turn off the machine with /s, or alternatively reboot with /r.
Remote Shutdown Command