I am working remotely via the Windows Remote Desktop app. The start menu on the remote desktop has become non-responsive. (I can't get a look at the calendar or the notifications either. But all the other icons on the task bar seem OK.) So, is there some way for me to re-boot the remote desktop? I obviously can't use "restart" from the non-operable start menu! When I try other methods I have found, my home desktop interprets them as telling it, not the remote, to re-boot. Any ideas? One more thing: I don't have admin privileges on the machine and can't much of anything beyond what can be done on the desktop. For instance, ctrl-alt-del to get the task manager is a non-starter.
Press WIN+ R, then run the command
shutdown /s /t 0 to power off or
shutdown /r /t 0 to restart your machine.
If right-click on Desktop still works you can go directly to **
If not:Can you open ANY application that has a File-Open menu?
If so do that.
The File-Browser can be abused as a mini File-Explorer.
Navigate to the Desktop.
Right-click on the emtpy space (not an a file or a folder) and select New->Shortcut.
Set the application for the shortcut to
shutdown -s -t 0.
Then double-click the shortcut.
Did you try getting to the Task Manager the 'fast' way?
Ctrl ⌃ Shift ⇧ Esc
which saves having to go through the first screen.
Personally what I do for machines I need remote access to a lot is to put a couple of .bat files on the desktop, one for reboot, one for shutdown [using
shutdown.exe /g /f /t 00 or
shutdown.exe /p /f].
Saves all the messing around ;-)
The fastest way to shut down a Windows computer without needing to use the Start menu is by clicking on the desktop to focus on it and then pressing
Alt + F4. This brings up the shutdown menu without having to go through the Start menu.
Also, if your Start menu is not responding, a quick fix for that would be to bring up the task manager by pressing
Ctrl + Shift + Esc, going into the
Process tab and ending the task named
explorer.exe. This will close all your open folder windows and make the Taskbar disappear. You can enable it again by going into
Run and then entering