I run a simple web server to serve as a storage medium for my mobile devices (I don’t like using dropbox or other online storage solutions because they don’t offer much space and they hogs up bandwidth unnecessarily). Before I go to sleep I usually shut down the server to save energy, but in order to do so, I have to have another computer turned on to perform remote access into the server and shut it down via command line. Occasionally, I would turn off my work computer before I remember that I want to shut down the server and I’m too lazy by then to turn on my work computer again.
That’s why I wanted an application that is capable of shutting down Windows on my behalf. The scenario is like this: because I can access FTP service from my phone, I will create a file, namely ‘shutdown’; when the server sees this file, it will delete the file and initiate shutdown. Quite simple.
To shut down, I use Windows management interface (System.Management namespace in C#)
static void Shutdown()
ManagementBaseObject mboShutdown = null;
ManagementClass mcWin32 = new ManagementClass("Win32_OperatingSystem");
// You can't shutdown without security privileges
mcWin32.Scope.Options.EnablePrivileges = true;
ManagementBaseObject mboShutdownParams =
// Flag 1 means we want to shut down the system. Use "2" to reboot.
mboShutdownParams["Flags"] = "1";
mboShutdownParams["Reserved"] = "0";
foreach (ManagementObject manObj in mcWin32.GetInstances())
mboShutdown = manObj.InvokeMethod("Win32Shutdown",
And the rest is just a loop to check if the file exists
/// The main entry point for the application.
static void Main()
That’s it, I run the application and it will wait until I create a file named ‘shutdown’ in D:, it will perform shutdown and quit
Here’s the sample code and binary