Apart from shutting down Windows in the usual way, there is a way to shutdown Windows 8 or Windows 7 using the command prompt. In fact there are several switches available too.
Shutdown options using the command prompt
To see all the available shutdown options in Windows 7 | 8, type cmd in start search and hit Enter. In the cmd window, type type shutdown /? and hit Enter.
This will list you the switches and shutdown options available.
To shutdown your PC type : shutdown / s
To restart your PC type : shutdown / r
To logoff your PC type : shutdown / l
The list of shutdown options include:
No args Display help. This is the same as typing /?.
/? Display help. This is the same as not typing any options.
/i Display the graphical user interface (GUI). This must be the first option.
/l Log off. This cannot be used with /m or /d options.
/s Shutdown the computer.
/r Full shutdown and restart the computer.
/g Full shutdown and restart the computer. After the system is rebooted, restart any registered applications.
/a Abort a system shutdown. This can only be used during the time-out period.
/p Turn off the local computer with no time-out or warning. Can be used with /d and /f options.
/h Hibernate the local computer. Can be used with the /f option.
/hybrid Performs a shutdown of the computer and prepares it for fast startup. Must be used with /s option.
/e Document the reason for an unexpected shutdown of a computer.
/o Go to the advanced boot options menu and restart the computer.
/t xxx Set the time-out period before shutdown to xxx seconds. The valid range is 0-315360000 (10 years), with a default of 30.
/c Comment on the reason for the restart or shutdown. Maximum of 512 characters allowed.
/f Force running applications to close without forewarning users.
/d Provide the reason for the restart or shutdown.
You can see the full details in the command prompt window.
Microsoft has introduced a new way in Windows 8 to start your computer, called as Fast Startup. Using this file during boot, gives a substantial time-advantage during startup. To reinitialize Windows 8, you have to force a full shutdown. Windows 8 also offers new CMD switches for shutdown.exe, you may want to have a look at!