PowerShell: Restart Fails ‘Other Users Logged On’

KB ID 0001374

Problem

If you intend to shutdown, or restart a remote computer using PowerShell, you may see the following error message;

PS C:\> Restart-Computer “Computer-name
Restart-Computer : This command cannot be run on target computer(‘Computer-name’) due to following error: The system shutdown cannot be initiated because there are other users logged on to the computer.
At line:1 char:1
+ REstart-Computer “Computer-name
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (Computer-name:String) [Restart-Computer], InvalidOperationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : RestartComputerFailed, Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.RestartComputerCommand

Solution

You need to add the -Force flag to the command like so;

PowerShell Restart Users Logged On

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Author: PeteLong

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