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Shutdown or reboot computers with user abort option in Windows

Shutdown or reboot Windows client computer and let user decide to cancel or proceed with the system shutdown or reboot operation.

Batch file script that can be deployed via GPO to shutdown or reboot client computers.

Batch file can be set via Task Scheduler and run at a specified time.

The script provides the user to cancel the operation, so if the user is in the midst of doing task that requires the system to be online then the user can choose to abort the operation.

“IF /I” parameter on the script accepts "y" or "Y", it does case insensitivity comparison.

If the input is not y or n, the batch file will keep asking until user presses the desired key.

Here's the script:



SET /P yes_or_no="Your computer will initiate shutdown in 10 min do you want continue (y/n): "

IF /I %yes_or_no% EQU y (


echo "Okay let’s do it, let’s shutdown the system."




IF /I %yes_or_no% EQU n (


echo "Shutdown cancelled, let's do it some other time."



IF /I %yes_or_no%  neq y (

echo "Invalid input, press y or n keys only."

goto xinvalid

IF /I %yes_or_no%  neq n (

echo "Invalid input, press y or n keys only."

goto xinvalid


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