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If I have a computer with windows 7 on it, that is in the user login screen,

how do I force a reboot?

Pressing the "Shut down" button won't help since it is set to go to stanby in that occasion (but then again the user login screen would reappear)

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There should be a power options on the login screen. If shutting down your computer only places it in hibernation then you have power mangement configuration problems. – Ramhound Jun 28 '13 at 20:48
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If you wish to force a reboot, and the option to cleanly power down or reboot is not available, and a tap of the power button sends the device to standby, then hitting the reset switch, holding in the power button for 5 seconds, or removing power is the only option. It's a poor practice for admins to remove the ability for a user to power down cleanly, because the end result is that users tend to do a hard reboot out of necessity, potentially causing data loss or other issues.

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One way to do it is a hard reboot or a hard reset by holding down the power button for 5 to 6 seconds or unplug the cable or the battery.

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This is a very bad way to do it... I highly recommend AGAINST that! – Taegost Jun 28 '13 at 19:57
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@Taegost, can you please tell us a better way? – Carl Abrahamsson Jun 28 '13 at 19:59
    
This can cause data loss. This is a horrible idea. – Ramhound Jun 28 '13 at 20:52
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@Ramhound, got any better solution? – Carl Abrahamsson Jun 29 '13 at 13:36

Just click the dropdown arrow attached to the shutdown button, and choose restart.

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Many domain attached computers will have this option disabled via group policy, but still a good option +1. – Scott Chamberlain Jun 29 '13 at 7:03

Optionally, you could also pull the plug, this would force it to shutdown/startup mind you you may need to run startup repair after.

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This is a very bad way to do it... I highly recommend AGAINST that! – Taegost Jun 28 '13 at 19:57
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@Taegost, can you please tell us a better way? – Tanner Faulkner Jun 28 '13 at 20:02

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