How to Remotely Shutdown/ Restart/ Logoff Any Computer (Prank)




Introduction: How to Remotely Shutdown/ Restart/ Logoff Any Computer (Prank)

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I DO NOT recommend doing this at school. First off, you can get yourself in to big crap if you do.
Second, Administrators block cmd.exe so you can't do stuff like this.(Easy to pass though. They already have a bunch of Instructables on how.)

Also, I dont know if this is considered hacking or not, so only do it to people who wouldn't care.

Now that I am done being Mr. Strict, the boring old normal teacher, lets get started!

Step 1: Steal the IP Adress!

To shudown or whatever you want to do, you first need your victim's IP adress. This is the computer's connection to the Internet. The easist and fastest way to is to run cmd.exe (Command Prompt) on your victim's computer. Click start and then run. Type in cmd.exe and click the RUN button. Type in this afrer Command Prompt opens (NO QUOTES!):


Copy the IP down on a piece of paper.

Step 2: Run Back to Your Computer!!!

Get away from your victim's computer before they catch you!!!!

Step 3: The Fun Part

Ok, once you get back to your computer, you should wait until you know your victim is on his/her computer. Run cmd.exe on your computer (Wow, you can do a lot with Command Prompt, huh?). Type in (Without quotes):

"shutdown -i"

This opens up a window called Remote Shutdown Dialog. Click on the "Add" button and type in your victim's IP adress (Yes, you can prank multiple victims at one time.). Click OK and choose what you want to do to thier computer (Shutdown, Restart, Logoff) If you want to rub it in thier face, check Warn Users of Action and set the time that it will take for them to save thier stuff. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE PLANNED BOX!!! If you don't it can mess up thier computer (Well, they can when it turns back on.) And if you really want to rub it in thier face, you can add a comment like: "Haha loser you just got PRANKED!!! You have exactly 20 seconds to save your stuff! What an idiot!!". You know, someting really sutle and light.



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    81 Discussions

    i got 4 week detention for doing this and got suspended forever on the pc because i did this to a teacher wow stupid me

    2 replies

    its ok. We all know what it is like. Almost got caught when I deleted the logoff option on someone elses computer. Phew!

    it says access denyed, how do i fix that after i typed all the stuff in

    4 replies

    Run the command prompt or console in admin mode. Right click on the command prompt icon when you search it and click run as administrator.

    Look at other instryctables that get you an admin account.

    That didnt work i still got sys error 5

    I think a much smarter way to get the victim's ip rather take the chance your victim will catch you is to get the ip remotely by first typing in your cmd "net show" to bring up computers on your network, and then type "tracert [computer name]" and it will bring up its ip.

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    If i get my friends IP using Whireshark and put it in the Remote Shutdown Dialog will it work?


    1 year ago

    cant you just look up the IP adress on google coz i found that quick and easy and if you find i hard to find the ip adress in cmd

    Can I do this from Win 8 to win 8? I tried but I got Sys error 5

    actually it only worked on win xp , on new windows it needs a permissions,
    (like u need to get that with a backdoor u added on victims system before)
    but at all
    easiest way to get peoples ip address with no command
    download "wireless network watcher" application and just run it , it will give u device information and local ip address

    what if my victims computer is a macbook air?


    1 year ago

    Instead of the ip I just add the computers that are in the network...But it says "access Denied"...does this mean I have to use my teachers computer ? (He is network Admin).

    1 reply

    so, how to shut down other computer while you're using your own??

    Simple! Open notepad type "command" and "Save as" a .bat file, save it to the desktop to easily find it. Open and Voici!

    Also type in cmd, "telnet" so you can watch Star Wars before you are suspended