Windows 8 makes it less easy to click shutdown or restart through a Remote Desktop session. If you:
· Click [Start Screen] > Settings > Power, you can only Disconnect.
· Type Ctrl+Alt+End, you gain Lock, Sign-out, Change Password and Task Manager.
· Right-click your User Account picture, you can Change Account Picture, Lock and Sign-out.
It’s no longer intuitive or easy and each of those places produces different results and none of them include shutdown! How was this overlooked?
To shutdown through the UI, you must drop to the desktop and type Alt+F4 to reveal a shutdown dialogue box. However, this assumes that the desktop actually has the focus and no other windows are open otherwise, Alt+F4 will simply close the active window. So if you have multiple windows open, you’ll need to minimize them all first. This is maddening, how exactly is this “reimagining Windows?”
Before anyone replies, oh simply launch cmd (as Admin) and type shutdown or, create a desktop shortcut to shutdown…. this only goes to prove my point – it’s clunky at best, less intuitive, a rediculous oversight and needs to be fixed.
Under a Windows 7 RDP session, the Start Menu included a ‘Windows Security Options’ button which had all the power options included. Similarly, if you typed Ctrl+Alt+End, the same power options were available. Simple. Microsoft, through their “Building Windows 8” blogs, made a big fuss about 'reimagining Windows' and then left out seeming obvious and intuitive ways to perform simple tasks like shutdown.