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I remote desktop my server computer a lot and I often use cmd to restart or shutdown the computer when it's needed. When in remote desktop you aren't allowed the option to restart unless you press Alt + F4 which can sometimes be a pain when I'm using my bluetooth keyboard. I'm not sure if this is considered a proper way to shutdown a computer or not even though it is a Windows command.

Is this method in anyway detrimental to the computer hardware or software on the to restart in this fashion?

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No, both methods just do the same, they turn off programs, GUI's, services and devices, leading your system into a safe shutdown.

The only turn-off method that would damage your computer is the "finger-off", where you turn off your system by removing it's power source abruptly.

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