How to enable verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status Messages in the Windows Server 2003 family

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This article describes how to configure Windows so that you receive verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status messages. Verbose status messages may be helpful when you are troubleshooting slow startup, shutdown, logon, or logoff behavior.

How to enable verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status messages

You can enable verbose status messages by using Group Policy Object Editor or by editing the Windows registry.

To enable verbose status messages by using Group Policy Object Editor

To enable verbose status messages by using Group Policy Object Editor, use the method that is appropriate to your situation:
In a domain environment
If you are in a domain environment and you want to enable verbose status messages on a group of computers, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.
  2. Right-click the container for the domain or the organizational unit to which you want to apply the policy settings, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Group Policy tab.
  4. Click New, and then type a descriptive name for the new Group Policy object (GPO).
  5. Click the new GPO that you created, and then click Edit.
  6. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then click System.
  7. In the right pane, double-click Verbose vs normal status messages.
  8. Click Enabled, and then click OK.
  9. Close Group Policy Object Editor, click OK, and then quit Active Directory Users and Computers.
Note Windows ignores this setting if the Remove Boot / Shutdown / Logon / Logoff status messages setting is turned on.
On a stand-alone computer or a single computer
If you are using a stand-alone computer or if you want to enable verbose status messages on only one computer, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
  3. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then click System.
  4. In the right pane, double-click Verbose vs normal status messages.
  5. Click Enabled, and then click OK.
  6. Close Group Policy Object Editor, and then click OK.
Note Windows ignores this setting if the Remove Boot / Shutdown / Logon / Logoff status messages setting is turned on.

To enable verbose status messages by using Registry Editor

Important 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:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


To use enable verbose status messages by editing the registry, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and then click the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
  4. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
  5. Type verbosestatus, and then press ENTER.
  6. Double-click the new key that you created, type 1 in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  7. Quit Registry Editor.
Note Windows does not display status messages if the following key is present and the value is set to 1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableStatusMessages

MORE INFORMATION

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...."

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Article ID: 325376 - Last Review: June 21, 2007 - Revision: 10.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
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