Shutdown switches

Ever wondered what shutdown commandline switches you can use?


  • -l : Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
  • -s : Shuts down the local computer.
  • -r : Reboots after shutdown.
  • -a : Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
  • -f : Forces running applications to close.
  • -m [\ComputerName] : Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
  • -t xx : Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
  • -c message : Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.
  • -d [u][p]:xx:yy : Lists the reason code for the shutdown. The following table lists the different values.
Value Description
u Indicates a user code.
p Indicates a planned shutdown code.
xx Specifies the major reason code (0-255).
yy Specifies the minor reason code (0-65536).

View this article for all the options and more information.

Not able to create file or folder on root of USB device

Today I was faced with the following issue.

In my XenApp 6.5 environment I wanted to create a folder in the root of my USB drive I connected to my client. The drive was redirected properly and without any issues. Problem however was that I was unable to create a new folder of file in the Windows Explorer view. I right clicked in the root of my USB drive but no option to create a new folder or file. Strangely enough I could copy paste a file or folder to the root of the drive. So no write protection set in place.

Here’s how my explorer looked like. Continue reading “Not able to create file or folder on root of USB device”