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How To Defrag Windows 7 Hard Drive Quickly?

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Defragments of disks help improving computer performance. Defragmentation allows your computer to rearrange all its fragmented data, which can help to improve your computer’s overall efficiency and speed. If you don’t know how to defrag your hard drive in windows, then reading out this guide will help you.

In this article, we will help you knowing how to defrag windows 7. Simply keep reading the article and learn to defrag the drives.

Well, if you are not a windows 7 user, then still not to worry, Apart from windows 7 we will also be covering windows 8 and windows 10. The procedure for defragging windows 7 hard drive is described below.

How To Defrag Windows 7 Hard Drive Quickly

Fragmentation causes the extra load to the computers that can slow down your computer and can affect its efficiency. Not only drives but removable storage devices can also be fragmented.

So to avoid this happening it is quite essential for all of us to defrag the drives in order to keep maintaining the speed and efficiency of the computer.

However, windows automatically defrag drives on a schedule, but if you want to do it manually, you can do that too. The guide How to Defragment a Hard Drive on a Windows 7,8 and 10 will let you know the procedure.  

The steps to defrag the disks are given below. Read all the steps carefully and apply it in order to defrag the hard drive quickly. Do drop the comment if you face any difficulty in following any step.

Step 1: First of all, go to start menu and make a search for Disk Defragment on the Search bar. Or you can also go manually by going to the system tools.

To go to the system tools, first, go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools and then Disk Defragmenter. 

Step 2: After you enter the disk defragmenter, you will see a screen like I have mentioned below. Check that out!

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Step 3: Now to access  the program, click on the defragment disk option showing in the window. You can find the option bottom right of the screen. Check out the screen below if you are not able to find the option. In the image, I have marked the option with the red rectangle.

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Step 4: As sooner you click on the defragment disk option, windows will start the process of defragmenting the hard drive.

However, windows 7 automatically schedules a disk defragmentation session to run every week. You can schedule the period according to your choice by clicking on the configure schedule. 

After clicking on the configure schedule option, disk defragment schedule configuration window will pop up. Where you will see some of the options including frequency, day, time and date.

If you notice there is an option already marked that is Run on a schedule(recommended). If you don’t want to run defragmentation automatically, uncheck the option. See the image below.

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Now select all the options as per your suitability and need. For example, if you want disks to defrag weekly select the frequency weekly. Similarly, select the day and time as per the requirements.

Once done selecting all the options, click on Select Disks to choose the disks you want to defragment. When you click on the Select disk option, you will see a screen I have shown below. If you want to defrag any particular drive click on that or you can select all disks by checking the option select all disks. 

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And click on Ok. And the disk defragmentation will be scheduled as per the given instructions. And your computer will then defrag regularly on the day and time you’ve selected. This is how we defragment a hard drive in windows 7.

I hope you have got all the steps mentioned below. Now let’s move to the next part of the guide that is defragmenting hard drive in window 8 and windows 10. The procedure for defragmenting hard drive in windows 8 is given below.

As windows 7, windows 8 will also be defragged itself by default every week or so if scheduled. If you haven’t changed any settings, you won’t have to defrag it. But in case if you want to defrag disks manually, then you will have to go the defragment window.

Step 1: first of all go to the search window and make a search for defragment in the search bar. As sooner you start typing the results similar to the name will start appearing. All you have to click on Defragment and optimize your drives. 

Step 2: After clicking on the Defragment and optimize your drives option, you will see a window featuring a list of the hard drives on your computer.

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Step 3: Defrag if the drive is more than 10 percent fragmented. You can see the figure in the current status section. If you are not able to find that which drive needs to be optimized select that and hit Analyze.

Step 4: Once done you are all ready to defrag the drives. Now simply click on the optimize to defrag the drives. It may take minutes to hours depending on the size. Meanwhile, you can continue using the system.

For windows 10, the procedure is given below.

If you have got all the steps of the previous methods, then it will not take much of your time to get the steps of windows 10. Since the procedure of windows 10, is quite similar to windows 8.

Step 1: First of all go to the search bar and type defragment.

Step 2: As sooner you start typing defragment, the similar result will start appearing in the suggestion. You will have to click on Defragment and Optimise drives. 

Step 3: Just like windows 8, window 10 will show you a list of your current drives. Also the status of optimized drives. If it doesn’t show, select the drive and click the Analyse button.

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The drives that are fragmented more than 10% should be optimized. Now simply select the drive and click on Optimise. And you are done. The disks will start defragmenting.

This is how to defrag windows 7, windows 8, and Windows 10. How do you like our guide do let us know by dropping the comment in the comment section!

If you find any difficulty, you can ask without any hesitation. Do read our previous guide by clicking here. You may like that too!

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How To Use Google DNS Servers?

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Have you ever heard someone saying google DNS servers provide faster internet than your local Internet service provider?? If no, then you are missing out something.

The Google DNS servers status has the ability to offer you the fast as well as the secure internet service. Most of the time we fear to use the public DNS server due to the lack of security they offer but the Google Public DNS is different from this.

Google is the world’s biggest organization, if they offer something, we can trust it blindly. Moreover, they have a mechanism to provide the most secure DNS service despite its public.

If you have never come to know the fact that Google DNS servers offer faster internet speed, you can try that by yourself. The steps are extremely simple!

So want to know how to switch to OpenDNS or Google DNS to speed up web browsing? I’m sure you are dying to know, who don’t want the fast internet after all!

So, let’s get started with the guide!

How to Use Google DNS Servers:

Different browsers have a different set of rules to change the DNS servers but the overall idea is the same. Since we can’t cover the method to change the DNS servers in all the windows, we have explained the two major windows versions, windows XP and windows 7.

Following similar steps, you can replace the DNS servers of your local browser to Google’s public DNS. Let’s see what are the steps.

#WIndows 7 and Above

Windows 7 and above users need to follow the below steps for replacing their local DNS servers to Google’s public DNS server.

Step 1. To change the DNS server settings, you need to go to the network place on your computer. To do that, click on the small network icon in the bottom right area of your computer and click on Open the Network and Sharing Center. See the screenshot below to locate the option easily.

Alternatively, you can go to Control panel> Network and Sharing Center. Following both the ways, you will see the above window.

Step 2. On the Network and Sharing page, click on the Change Adapter Settings in the left pane. This is the page where information on all your connection is given.

Ignore the rest of the network connections except the one which is active. Right-click on it and Go to Properties. Have a look at the below screenshot to understand the process.

Step 3. On clicking the Properties option, the Wireless Network Connection Properties window will pop up. Now under the section, This connection uses the following items, select the option Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). 

Once done, click on Properties. Have a look at the below screenshot to find the options easily.

The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window looks like the below image.

Step 4. In order to change the DNS server address, you need to select the Use the following DNS server addresses. As sooner you do this, the two Preferred DNS server and the Alternative DNS server will get open to type.

Now we need to type in the Google Server address here. Google’s Public DNS IP addresses (IPv4) are,

Preferred:  8.8.8.8

Alternate: 8.8.4.4

Have a look at the below image to see how we need to do this.

Once all the changes are done, click Ok to save the changes. Now restart your computer and see the changes taking place. If you want to replace your local DNS servers to the public network, the method is identical, except the address of the DNS servers.

The DNS address for a public network is given below.

Preferred: 208.67.222.222
Alternate: 208.67.220.220

Now head over to the second portion of the guide to see how to change DNS server into Windows XP.

#WIndows XP

For Windows XP users, the process is even simple. Just a few simple clicks and you are done. Here are the steps.

Step 1. To change the DNS address of your network in Windows XP, click on the start menu and go to my computer. Or, you can also directly go to my computer from the desktop.

Step 2. In My Computer window, go to My Network Places from the left panel. See the screenshot below.

Step 3. Now go to View Network connections from the left pane and you will see a list of all the network connected to your computer.  Now right click on the active connection on your computer and go to Properties. The screenshot is given below.

Step 4. In the local area properties window, click on the option Internet Protocol and then go to Properties. Have a look at the below screenshot.

Step 5. Okay, now we have reached the Internet Protocol Properties window and this is the same place we will be changing the DNS address from our local server to the Google’s DNS server.

See the screen below.

Step 6. Now under the option use the Following DNS server, write down the below address.

Preferred:  8.8.8.8

Alternate: 8.8.4.4

The screenshot to show the procedure well is given below.

Step 7. Once the settings are done, click ok to save the changes.

Once done, restart your computer and enjoy the faster speed of the internet.

So that’s how we replace DNS servers from our local ISP to google DNS servers. I hope you have successfully executed all the steps.

After replacing the DNS servers, you will see the changes taking place within minutes. Those websites which were not loading before will be loading now. The speed of your Internet will be considerably changed. These are some of the changes which most of the Google DNS server’s users claim including me.

We have now reached the end of the guide. It’s now time to wrap up the article! But before going off, do let us know how did it affect your server, have the speed of your internet got faster than before?? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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How to Uninstall Internet Explorer?

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Internet Explorer (IE) is the most widely used World Wide Web browser. Launched in 1995, by Microsoft, it is one of the first graphical-based Web browsers. With time, a lot of up-gradation has been made on Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer 11 is a big step forward for the default Windows system browser. IE 11 has the capability to compete with the most popular browsers, like Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

However, Microsoft has discontinued all versions of Internet Explorer other than the recent version for its still-supported operating systems. Moreover, with a lot of other popular browsers gaining momentum, the question that surfaces is that how to uninstall Internet Explorer. But before that, you should be knowing, in practical terms it is:

  • Windows 8.1: Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows 7 SP1: Internet Explorer 11

Now, whenever a new version of Internet Explorer was launched, it is but obvious that people tend to delete the previous one. Today, in most of the systems we have Internet Explorer 11 and removing it involves a very different process. Before discussing the removal process, take a look at how to install Internet Explorer:

Installing Internet Explorer

There are two ways via which you can install the Internet Explorer:

  1. Download from the official web-page of Internet Explorer 11.
  2. The second one is based on the Windows update.

The first method is simple and is clear from the heading only. Take a look at the steps for the second one:

  1. Navigate to “Control Panel – > System and Security – > Windows Update”, or just type “windows update” in the Start Menu search box.
  2. Click on “Check for the latest updates.” In the list of Optional Updates, you will see one that says Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. Select it and then click OK.
  3. Next, click on the Install updates button, for the installation to start.
  4. The installation process will begin, and then restart your computer to finish the whole process.
  5. Once this is done, the Internet Explorer 11 shortcut will be placed in your Taskbar.

Now, take a look at the process of getting rid of Internet Explorer 11 in Windows.

How to Uninstall Internet Explorer from Windows

Now, usually in order to delete any installed program out of your computer, the process followed is “Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features, then choose the selected program and click on Uninstall.” But, as far as Internet Explorer is concerned, the case is different. Microsoft has classified this browser as a Windows Feature. Take a look at How to Remove Internet Explorer from Windows:

  1. Navigate to “Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features”. Then, in the column on the left, click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.
  2. The Windows Features window opens up. Just, scroll down to find the entry for Internet Explorer. Uncheck it and press OK.
  3. A warning will appear, stating “Turning off Internet Explorer might affect other Windows features and programs installed on your computer, including default settings”. Click, Yes to continue.
  4. There appears that Windows needs to reboot your PC. Just, Click on Restart now. Remember, to lose any unsaved work of yours.
  5. And when you restart your system, the Internet Explorer will be removed.

However, this doesn’t completely remove all traces of Internet Explorer as other programs and processes rely on its rendering engine. This process is applicable for Windows 7 and the same goes for Windows 10, too.

Removing Internet Explorer from Windows 8

There is a slight change in the process of removing Internet Explorer, from Windows 8. Let’s see, How to Uninstall IE11 from Windows 8:

  1. Simply in the Search button, enter “Windows features” in the search box, click the Settings option located on the right side of the screen, and select “Turn Windows Features on or off.”
  2. The slight change is that, if prompted, you need to enter your administrator password to progress.
  3. Once you have entered the password, Window features screen opens up, just uncheck the box to the left of Internet Explorer, and then click OK. Now, click Yes to confirm that you want to hide Internet Explorer.

    Now, click Restart Now to apply the changes, and you are done.

In case you want IE 11 back on your system, simply access this same screen again and check this box, and Press Ok.

Remove Internet Explorer from MAC

Till 2003, Macintosh computers came pre-loaded with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser. Now, Apple features a lot of superior options like Safari and the operating system. Still, some people, due to a habit or for some old flames, Internet Explorer still remains the browser, even on the MAC.

Now, for some reason, in case you want to delete Internet Explorer from MAC, you need to follow the enlisted process. However, Internet Explorer for Mac does not create a “Preference” file, so you only need to delete the main application file. Take a look at the steps:

  1. Click on the Internet Explorer icon in the “Applications” folder.
  2. Drag the file to the Trash in the Dock. As the Trash icon darkens, just drop the file in the Trash.
  3. Go to the “Finder” menu and select “Erase.”
  4. A pop- up window appears, just confirm the selection.

Closing the updates

Even after uninstalling the Internet Explorer from your system, you may continue to receive notifications. Getting frequent notifications to update the older version, can be annoying. Now, if you want to shut these notifications too, follow the steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel and click on System and Security.
  2. Then click on Windows Update and click Change Settings in the left pane.
  3. Under Important updates, click the drop-down menu box. It says Install updates automatically.
  4. Select and click on Download but let me choose which updates to install. To finish, click on the OK button.

Conclusion

Internet Explorer is a great browser to use and embarks a lot of improvements in security, performance, privacy, and standards support. However, in case you still want to remove it, then how to uninstall internet explorer, is not at all a rocket science. Just follow the above-listed steps and simply get rid of Internet Explorer on your system.

It is recommended that before removing Internet Explorer, you do have another browser on your computer. Go for the deletion, only in case, you cannot withstand Internet Explorer on your system.

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How to Show File Extensions?

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One of the most popular OS in the world of desktop computers, Windows over the years has become synonymous with the words Desktop PC!  The Windows Explorer always hide extensions of files that are known to the computer.

If you are able to open a file via double click, the extension of the file will be hidden by default. In this article, you’ll learn How to show file extensions on each version of Windows.

For example, if you have a file named example.txt, It will appear as  “example”. And if you have a video file name X-Men.mkv, you’ll see only “X-Men”.

There are a number of reasons Microsoft has set file extensions to hide by default. One reason is here when we rename files we can remove the file extension, and this will result in the file not playing or opening.

To prevent this issue, Windows using this default option to hide known file’s extensions.

Attacker: They can affect your computer by viruses or Malware. Let’s assume they create a file and name it virus.png.exe! Your computer will show that file named as virus.png, and you will probably think this is an images file. But that will be executed once you double click it.

This creates a lot of issues and problems, such as peoples who try to fix problems caused by notepad and others. A .bat file is created by Notepad program and can be turned into a pretty dangerous virus with some commands.

So it is recommended to use an antivirus program on a daily basis. But wait, Microsoft added an option to easily enable file name extensions. In this post, we’ll show you how to do for each window, from Windows XP to Windows 10.

How to Show File Extensions in Windows 10

In Windows 10, this is quite easy to do. Enabling extension on Windows 10 is just a matter of 2 mouse clicks. Let’s jump how to enable file extensions.

Open the File Explorer by clicking either Ctrl+E, clicking its icon in the taskbar or from the start menu.
Now there are 2 methods to do this; you can pick any of these methods to enable file extensions.

Way 1. Is for keyboard nerds, Press the ALT key, next V then press HF, this will allow the extension of files to show.

Way 2. Or click the ‘down arrow’ and click on the VIEW tab. (At the top side, you’ll have three tabs. Click the third tab VIEW). A semi-windows-box will slide down, where you need to tick ‘File name extension’.

Now tick the settings that say “File name extensions,” click the ‘up arrow’ to close the semi-windows box. This will show file extensions for every file. Repeat the steps to hide file extensions.

Method 2. Doing it the old way, Open the start menu, and type either “Folder Options” or “Folder settings”. You know that there is no floating tip that says you can search from the start menu.

A little knowledge is indeed, however. Click the result and switch to the View tab. From there find the file extension setting and untick it.

From there find the file extension setting and untick it. Now save and check files, they will show their file extensions. If you anytime downgrade to Windows 8, read the next section. Although the steps are almost identical.

How to Show File Extensions in Windows 8

Step 1. Access the Start Screen; it’ll be opened as full-screen. (Unlike Windows 10, where you has options to make is boxed or full screen).

Step 2. Type “Folder options” or “Folder settings” without the quote. You know that there is no floating tip that says you can search from the start menu. A little knowledge is indeed, however. Click the result and switch to the View tab.

Untick the option “Hide extensions for known file types-ON. Also, you can set hidden files to show.

Click ok to save it. If you already had upgraded to Windows 10, you can use this same method to enable file extensions.

How to Show File Extensions in Windows XP

First of all, open the Windows Explorer. You can open it by Clicking the ‘My Computer icon on the desktop, or clicking My Computer from the start menu or Pressing CTRL+E.

Look for the menu bar, and click on ‘Tools’ ( the menu bar is present just below the top bar of windows explorer. Click the Tools; a pop-up menu will appear to choose ‘Folder Options.’

A new box will open, and you’ll see three tabs in it. Click the tab that says “View.”

You may need to scroll a Lil bit to find the “Hide file extensions for known file types” settings. You need to untick it to show file type. Apply or click ok to save this setting. Now you can see file extensions on your Windows XP machine.

How to show File Extensions Windows 7 and Vista

Press the Win button on your keyboard or just click the start menu.

IN the search box type “folder options” (with no quotes). And click on the “Folder Options” that appears in the search result. Next, on the dialogue bix switch to the VIEW tab. Untick the box for “Hide extensions for known file types”.

Click the “OK” or Apply to save the settings.

Extra Tip: Here is how to show hidden files in Windows 7 so you can see hidden files along with their file extensions. Also in other windows show hidden files steps are almost the same.

In folder settings, choose the settings to show hidden files.

Conclusion.
Windows Explorer is more than just a File Explorer That all about How to Show File Extensions, so you’d be able to know the specific extensions of a file. This was a little knowledge you should know to be an advanced computer user.

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How to Use WhatsApp for PC?

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We are a bunch of busy people living in a world that has way less time for us than we have for it. The internet has changed and morphed over the years into what we have today. A cesspool of quick communications over various IMs (Instant Messenger).

Email is gradually becoming a thing of the past, relegated to an only corporate or official communication. The world of emojis and “Lols” are on the rise!

At the helm of all this is WhatsApp messenger. Having a customer base of over 800 million active users and over 2 billion downloads across mobile platforms, this Facebook-owned company is the uncrowned King of Instant Communications.

So it’s only natural that you’d want to join WhatsApp messenger. We’re here to help you download WhatsApp for PC!

Two Main Ways to Get WhatsApp for PC

Now we can have WhatsApp on PC in two main ways.

  • Download Whatsapp for PC official version.
  • A Free, (and official Whatsapp Web version) that you can use without downloading anything.

Method #1:- Download Whatsapp for PC Software:

Whatsapp just launched their official version couple hours ago, I mean a real, official, software from Whatsapp.

Something that’s not an emulator, not a third-party solution. But just like there is native software for your computer, that’s what WhatsApp is offering now.

A PC version of Whatsapp made specifically for computer users. Whatsapp Web version was launched, but that wasn’t an “application”. It was just something that lets you “sync” your WhatsApp with your PC.

But recently (Like couple hours ago) Whatsapp launched an official version of Whatsapp that is a full-fledged software and runs as a standalone app for your PC.

Requirements to Download Whatsapp Official Software on Windows:-

  • You must have a Windows Enabled PC. (It says “for Windows 8 and higher”, but I’m running it on my windows 7 just fine, so go along!)
  • “You must have Whatsapp installed on your Cellphone.

Steps to getting Whatsapp Official PC Version:-

Head over to https://www.whatsapp.com/download/

Click on the for Windows8 and Higher, if you’re on a Windows computer, or click on Mac OS x 10.9 and Higher if you’re on Mac!

  • The downloading will automatically start
  • Once the Whatsapp for computer software is downloaded, just double click on it. It literally is installed in seconds! And then you should have a screen that looks like this:-

I purposely kept the taskbar at the bottom visible in the screenshot, so as to verify that it runs perfectly on Windows 7 too!

  • So once you get the QR code, just fire up Whatsapp on your cell device and click on Whatsapp Web option and scan the QR code on the screen.
  • It takes a couple of seconds, and then you are logged in to the Whatsapp for PC official version app!

Well from here, you can literally do all those things that you used to do on your cell device, just on a bigger screen, way bigger.

See? So yeah that was it. Not a lot of hustle huh? Yeah, the Whatsapp team took good care of user-friendliness thing no doubt.

Let me sum up the whole process for you:-

Head over the official website to download Whatsapp for PC > Click on Windows 8 or Higher > Run the Application > Scan QR Code > Done!

So yeah it’s a 4 step process, that requires less then 5minutes to be completed. And once done you can access all the features of Whatsapp on your PC, and for the first time, without a third-party emulator or application.

Method #2:- Use Whatsapp on PC without Downloading Anything!

I don’t think you’re going to need this method after the official launch. But if you do, let me tell you the one single benefit it has over the above method.

With this method, you don’t need to download anything! Well yup, you can access WhatsApp on your PC without downloading anything.

 

Step 1

The first step is to have WhatsApp installed on your smartphone. You can install it on your Android Phones by clicking this link. Apple users can find it in here. As for the Windows folks, you’ll get your fix of free WhatsApp download from this link.

Step 2

Once that is done, set up your account. Then head on over to the main interface. For Android users, click on the three dots and you will find the WhatsApp web options.

If you use any other phone, then navigate to your WhatsApp menu, and you should find the options there. For more detailed instructions on this, click on this link.

Step 3

Next head on over to this website. Fire up WhatsApp Web on your mobile device and scan the QR code that has popped up on your computer screen!

Step 4

Finally, you will be greeted by the WhatsApp Web App interface. From here you can chat with your contacts and even send pictures and video!

These are two ways with which you can get WhatsApp for PC absolutely free! If you’ve any other questions regarding WhatsApp on PC or WhatsApp messenger, in general, leave us a comment down below!

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How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer?

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How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer

Forgot to shut down your system and do not have direct access to it? What if I tell you that there is still a way? Do you want to know How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer? If yes, then this is a must-read article exclusively for you.

So, without delaying it any further, let us get started with how to reboot remote PCs via the command prompt? So, let’s get started:

How to remotely shutdown or restart a Windows computer?

Step #1: In order to get started with the process of remote shutdown or restart a Windows computer, you will first have to enable remote registry service on each of the systems that you need to manipulate.

For this, consider the following process. First, go to the Run section using the keyboard shortcut “Win + R.” This will open the Run dialog box for you. Now you need to enter “services.msc” without quotes and hit enter.

How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer

From the subsequent window which follows up as the result of your recent activity, you need to locate “Remote Registry.” You may need to scroll down a bit for that, or you can perform a text search just by typing the few initials of the same. Now, right click on the “Remote Registry” option and then click on the “Properties” option from the menu that follows.

How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer

Now, from the next dialog box, you need to set the startup type to “Automatic” and then click on “Start” button.

How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer

This will enable the remote registry on your systems. Remember that you need to enable this on every system that you wish to shutdown or restart remotely.

Once you are done with the mentioned, then you now need to look out for our next steps.

Step #2: In this step, you are required to open the desired port on the system’s firewall. To do so, you need to click on start button, and at the text area, you are required to type “Allow a program” and then hit enter.

How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer

From the subsequent window, you now need to click on the “Change settings” button. Doing so, you will see the options to be active which were quiescent before. After this, you are required to scroll down till you find the “Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).” Once, you have found that then you are required to enable it by clicking the checkbox next to it.

How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer

Also, take a note that you must have administrative permissions on the remote system that you wish to shutdown or restart, failing which you won’t be able to do the needful.

So, by far we are done with the basic setup. Now, we are all set to execute our commands in order to do the desired work. For that, we will have to look into the next steps.

Step #3: Now, on another computer, you are required to launch the command prompt. To shut down, the system remotely, type in the following command “shutdown /i” without quotes.  This will open a graphical user interface. Now, on that remote shutdown dialog box, you are required to enter the name of the system that you wish to shutdown or restart.

Additionally, if you wish, you can also warn the users about this. Also, you can specify whether you want to shut down or restart the system.

Once you are done with all these, then you are now good to hit the “OK” button. This will do the desired work for you.

Moreover, if you don’t want to do this via the graphical user interface then you can directly type in the following command at the command prompt: “shutdown /s /m \\Shubham-PC /t 30 /c “Shutting down.” /d P:1:1”.

Change “Shubham-PC” with the desired system name and shutting down with your warning message. To restart the system, you need to replace /s with /r. Additionally, if you wish to log off the system, then you will have to replace /s with /l.

If you simply put this “shutdown /?” command on your command prompt terminal, then you will have all the list of commands relating to this.

Using Linux

Now, we will see how you can achieve the desired result using a Linux operating system. For this, you must have samba-common, package installed on your system. To do so, consider installing the package using the usual command like Sudo apt-get install samba-common.

This will install the desired package for you. After this, all that you need is to type in a command which requires the user account name of the system on which you want to preform the action.

You will also require the password and the IP address pf the system . Make sure to note that the user account must have the administrative rights in order to perform these actions.

Once you are all set to go then you can now type the command with the following syntax: net rpc shutdown -I ip.address -U user%password

Replace the IP address with the numerical IP address of the system, user with the user account name of the system and password with the corresponding password.

Once you are done with the mentioned, then all you need is to hit enter and voila, you have done that, kudos.

Alternatively, if you have remote desktop access, then you can also achieve the desired results.

Wrapping Up

So, this marks the end of this article on “How to Remotely Shutdown or Restart a Windows Computer?

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