How to restart Windows 8 from an Remote Desktop Connection (RDP)

Here at Liquidstate, we have a home server running Windows 8.  It might seem like a simple thing, but today I drew a blank when trying to restart the server remotely from a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP).  If you try the normal routes, then the only option available to you is “Disconnect”.

The solution turned out to be remarkably simple:  go to the desktop and press Alt+F4.




You will then be presented with options to:

  • Disconnect
  • Sign Out
  • Shutdown
  • Restart

Hopefully that helps someone else!


21 thoughts on “How to restart Windows 8 from an Remote Desktop Connection (RDP)

  1. And here I thought the metro theme was supposed to be intuitive and graphical. This is old school. I guess it’s an improvement over hitting ‘Security’ and then the UP graphic on the shutdown button of Win 7. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for this! This is EXACTLY what I needed to force a reboot once I’d re-configured things on the remote machine.

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