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I see that I lack the choice to reboot/shut down via the start menu when logged into Windows 7 via Remote Desktop, whereas it is present in Windows Server 2008 R2. Is there some setting in Windows 7 to enable reboot/shutdown?

EDIT: The question is specifically about whether it is possible to enable the standard reboot/shutdown controls in the start menu, and if so, how.

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group policies, not sure exactly where but its in there somewhere.. im sure a search engine would yield some more MSDN'ish results. –  ppumkin Jan 11 '12 at 13:07
    
@ppumkin I have googled on group policies and shutdown, and I couldn't find any corresponding setting unfortunately. Thinking there isn't one. –  aknuds1 Jan 11 '12 at 15:36
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Just as stated above, I also am using the "Classic Shell" program to give back some of the functionality removed by MS. In Classic Shell there is a check box that reads "Show Shutdown during remote sessions". It can be found by selecting "All Settings" and under the Special Items Tab. It is near the bottom of the list.

I am currently running version 3.6.7 of Classic Shell. It can be found at www.classicshell.net

Hope This helps,

Ron

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I have not yet figured out how the shutdown and restart buttons for RDC are available off of the star menu in a RDC session on my observatory machine, but LonnieBest is correct. By going to the settings from the menu then to the security button you will get to the windows screen to Lock, Logoff, Change Password, or Start Task Manger. You will find a red "power button" to the right bottom of the screen, clicking on it will bring up the ability to Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shutdown the remote machine. Works fine for the machines I do management remotely for in the observatory and the shop. You must have administrator privileges or permissions to use the Security menu button for this however.

I would Post some screen shots, but I do not have those permissions here.

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Your not going to believe how simple the answer is in Windows 7:

Start Menu > Windows Security > Click the little red shutdown icon, and you'll see the "Restart" option.

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Yes, there is a way to do this. I have it enabled on a remote machine in Windows 7 Professional. Stating there is NO way to do it in Windows 7 is incorrect information. It can be done, I am using Windows Classic Shell for the Windows Classic Start Menu on the machine.

I am not exactly sure how I enabled it... I'll keep researching it & get back to you, BUT it can be done. It's right there on the start menu when I connect remotely. The classic Windows start menu "Shutdown" button is there right under the "disconnect button" and has all of the regular submenu buttons; restart, switch user, shutdown, sleep, hibernate, & lock. Yes, they all work just like sitting in front of the machine. Possibly, it is something in the Windows Classic Shell, you might look into it.

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There is no way to enable reboot/shutdown from the start menu but usually I go to desktop Start+D and press Alt+F4. This way I get all options. Works on both XP and 7.

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To add to the excellent answer for making the shortcut -- when you open cmd.exe make sure to do "run as Administrator" or use runas, otherwise windows will (probably) tell you "You do not have sufficient privilege to perform this operation." That's whether your account has admin rights or not.

At first I thought the message was due to my running in an RDP session (of course) but I was then able to create the shortcut manually in \Users\Public\Desktop -- so not a permissions issue, but just UAC doing its job.

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I am also disappointed that there is no hidden setting to allow a shutdown/restart from the start menu.

Additionally, pressing Alt-F4 while the desktop is active (i.e. no other applications have focus) brings up a dialog window which allows you to shutdown/restart.

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Ctrl+Alt+End will bring up the security dialog, which includes the option to restart the machine.

All shortcuts available here.

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I know about alternative methods, it's outside of the scope of the question. –  aknuds1 Jan 12 '12 at 8:23
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Having looked around a bit, it appears there is unfortunately no way to enable reboot/shutdown from the start menu in a remote session in Windows 7, even through group policies :( I guess Windows 7 is designed for a "dumber" user on average, considering Server 2008 is not gimped in this way :) I guess my main method will be to press Ctrl-Alt-End (remote equivalent to Ctrl-Alt-Del) and then use the shutdown options from that dialog.

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Open the Start menu and type in the search box:

Shutdown /r /t 0

Use /r for restart or /s for shutdown. The /t 0 is the number of seconds to wait before restarting, namely 0. If omitted, 30 seconds is used.

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I know about alternative methods, it's outside of the scope of the question. –  aknuds1 Jan 12 '12 at 8:23
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You don't need to use start menu to shutdown your remote machine from Remote Desktop. When I need to turn the remote machine off I use "cmd.exe shutdown -s" command.

I'm not sure that there is a way to add it to start menu, however, you can create a .lnk simbolic link on the desktop to the related command:

mklink "c:\users\public\desktop\Turn Off remotelly.lnk" "cmd.exe shutdown -s"

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I know I don't need to, but I would like to know if I can. –  aknuds1 Jan 11 '12 at 13:30
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+1 for symbolic link on the desktop. –  BryceAtNetwork23 Jan 11 '12 at 13:37
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