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How to add a Shutdown and Reboot tile to your Windows 8 or Windows RT Start Screen

For most of us on Windows 8, we simply hit Win+C to bring up the Charms bar, hit Settings, then power, then we shut down our PC. But for those who are on a tablet device running Windows 8 or Windows RT, perhaps there’s an easier way to shutdown or restart. Well, there is. If you want to create a shutdown and reboot tile in your Start Screen for easy access to these useful system commants, read along.

Simply copy the following code into a new txt file and rename it to whatever you like, just add the .vbs to the file extension. For example: shutdown.vbs. Once this is done, simply double click the script and it will create the tiles for you. If you are unable to create a .vbs document, make sure you have “show file names extensions” enabled in Folder Options within Windows 8.

set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
strStartMenu = WshShell.SpecialFolders(“StartMenu”)
set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strStartMenu & “\Shutdown.lnk”)
oShellLink.TargetPath = “%systemroot%\System32\shutdown.exe”
oShellLink.Arguments = “-s -t 0”
oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1
oShellLink.IconLocation = “%systemroot%\System32\shell32.dll,27”
oShellLink.Description = “Shutdown Computer (Power Off)”
oShellLink.WorkingDirectory = “%systemroot%\System32\”
oShellLink.Save
Set oShellLink = Nothing
set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strStartMenu & “\Log Off.lnk”)
oShellLink.TargetPath = “%systemroot%\System32\shutdown.exe”
oShellLink.Arguments = “-l”
oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1
oShellLink.IconLocation = “%systemroot%\System32\shell32.dll,44”
oShellLink.Description = “Log Off (Switch User)”
oShellLink.WorkingDirectory = “%systemroot%\System32\”
oShellLink.Save
Set oShellLink = Nothing
set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strStartMenu & “\Restart.lnk”)
oShellLink.TargetPath = “%systemroot%\System32\shutdown.exe”
oShellLink.Arguments = “-r -t 0”
oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1
oShellLink.IconLocation = “%systemroot%\System32\shell32.dll,176”
oShellLink.Description = “Restart Computer (Reboot)”
oShellLink.WorkingDirectory = “%systemroot%\System32\”
oShellLink.Save
Set oShellLink = Nothing
Wscript.Echo “Shutdown, Restart and Log Off buttons have been created. You can now pin them to the Start Screen of your Windows 8 computer (if they are not already there).”