I have two PC with Windows 8 with the same account name, same group, and with no password to manage them.

I can access, for example, from one PC to another without problem to manage remote files and to remote desktop sessions.

Now if I want to remote shutdown one PC from another I have access denied error.

I have also tried with psshutdown but no luck.

What's the problem?

Must I set into registry some keys that enable shutdown remotely a PC with blank password?

My firewall also have all rules enabled...

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    Wait... you have access to a computer via Remote.Desktop without a password being set on the target computer? That should not be possible. What username and password do you use to establish RDP-session to that computer? (You could use the same username and password with the remote shutdown command) – Rik Mar 8 '14 at 11:32
  • Just because they have the same username doesn't mean they have permission on any other computer other than their own. What are you using to access the other computer – Ramhound Mar 8 '14 at 12:49
  • @Rik, yes I setted on Windows the way to access via RDP session with no password but only with user name via change setting in security policy. – xdevel2000 Mar 8 '14 at 16:16
  • Did you try to connect to the computer with PsExec? I expect the same result as the PsShutdown but you could try it anyway. (for example psexec \\computer cmd) – Rik Mar 9 '14 at 0:26
  • BTW. If the PsExec doesn't work with the username without the password maybe you could create an (invisible) user with a password. You could run the shutdown command remotely for that user. psexec \\computer -u user -p password shutdown -s – Rik Mar 9 '14 at 0:33

Assuming your accessing through remote desktop connection

from cmd of the remote computer run:

shutdown -s

or if you want to restart

shutdown -r
  • No I want to shutdown from another PC. – xdevel2000 Mar 8 '14 at 16:16

You can try typing shutdown-i in your search box and open the program that comes up. Then click add a PC, and type in the name of your PC. Then chose to shutdown or restart. Finally add the text you want to display. Hope this works!

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