I have an older Dell Dimension desktop, originally running Windows XP, that I had recently upgraded to Windows 8.1. I plan on using it as a media server running Plex, and I can easily move files on to it over my home network and update the library through the Plex web admin. I would also like to be able to shut down the machine when I’m not using it.
I don’t want to plug a monitor and a keyboard into it, so I’m not sure how I can do this, since remote desktop is apparently only available in Windows 8.1 Pro for some reason. The only thing I can think of is to set up a web server that runs some highly-trusted code that can invoke the shutdown command on the host, but I imagine there is a simpler way.