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Remote Reboot Win32: Access is Denied – Solution

There are a few options to remotely reboot a computer within a local network. You can use computer management to connect to the remote machine, execute shutdown from command line or use the graphical tool by running shutdown -i from the command line. If you are using power tools, you can use psshutdown as well, which gives you additional options.

Three important details about Remote Reboot through network – Win32: Access is denied

All Windows flavors. The account you are executing the reboot command needs to be an Administrator on the machine that you are trying to reboot. If you want to execute the shutdown command as a different user, try psshutdown. The command will look like this when specifying a user (where -r is for reboot and -u is for the user)

psshutdown -r -u roger

– In Windows XP, you will have to have “Simple File Sharing” disabled. Otherwise you will get the error message “Win 32: Access is denied”. To disable simple file sharing launch a My Computer window.

From Tools menu select Folder Options, go to the View tab and remove the check from “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)”.

– In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, a small registry trick is needed. If you are getting the “Win32: Access is denied” message, launch a registry editor (on the machine that you want to remotely reboot).

  • Type regedit in the Run box
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem
  • Check the right side of the window to see if you have an entry for LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy. If you do change its value to 1
  • If the entry does not exist, right click, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy. Then double click the new entry and change its value to 1
  • Reboot your machine


Now you can use any of the methods to remotely reboot your machine.

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for the registry fix. I’ve been beating my head against the inability to remotely shutdown my other machine for a while. I need to do this since my UPS will only command THIS machine to shut down when the power fails, but since my other machine is also on the UPS I need to send that command to the other machine first. Everyone else talks about firewall, local policy etc etc; no one had this particular answer, which was the KEY for me! Thanks!

  2. Worked for me too! Thank you!

  3. Perfectly worked.. Thank you very much

    PrasanthJune 7, 2013 @ 3:07 pmReply

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