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For a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows XP version of this article, see 325376
This article describes how to configure Microsoft Windows 2000 so that you receive verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status messages. In scenarios where you are troubleshooting slow startup, shutdown, logon, or logoff behavior, you may find it helpful to enable verbose logging.
To enable verbose logging, use one of the methods that is described in this section.
Use Group PolicyYou can use Group Policy to switch between normal and verbose status messages. If you are in a domain environment and you want to enable verbose logging on a group of computers, follow these steps:
Use Registry EditorImportant This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
You can use Registry Editor to switch between normal and verbose status messages. To use Registry Editor to enable verbose logging, follow these steps:
If verbose logging is not enabled, you will still receive normal status messages such as "Applying your personal settings..." or "Applying computer settings..." when you start up, shut down, log on, or log off the computer. However, if verbose logging is enabled, you will receive additional information, such as "RPCSS is starting" or "Waiting for machine group policies to finish...."