The new R2 release of Windows Server 2012 makes it just a little trickier to power-down a server. Here are the steps with screen-shots showing how it’s done.

First click on the Windows image in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen:


You then seen the new “start” screen:


What isn’t obvious at this point is that if you now move your mouse, some icons show up along the right side of the screen, AND a little minus-sign shows up in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen:


DON’T click the minus sign because that will just shrink the screen tiles. Hover above it then move your mouse up to the Settings icon (looks like a gear):


That Settings icon brings up more options, one of which is Power. Clicking on Power then gives you the option to Shut down the server or Restart it.


I hope this saves you all the time I spent clicking everything in sight looking for an option to power down my machine. :)

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    2 thoughts on “How To Power-Off Windows Server 2012 R2

    • July 10, 2013 at 3:38 am

      Hi Brad,

      I find that the quickest way to reboot a 2012 server is to fire up the Powershell console (as Admin) and type the following :

      shutdown /r /t 3

      Interestingly, shutdown -i will give you a little console from where you can shutdown both local and remote servers.

      • July 18, 2013 at 8:03 am

        That’s a nice tip, but I find that the time to open PS and run the commands – for me at least – isn’t any faster than using the GUI.

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