W2K / XP / .NET enable verbose event messages


You can use the following registry hack to turn on verbose boot, shutdown,
logon, and logoff error messages in Windows 2000 / XP / .Net :

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE

Key: SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system

Name: VerboseStatus

Type: REG_DWORD

Value: 1
default=0
Note: Status messages will not display if the following
key is present and the value is set to 1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\DisableStatusMessages

You can avoid the registry hack by using a group policy setting:



  • Open a policy in Group Policy Editor
  • Expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Tools, System
  • Double-click Verbose vs normal status messages
  • Set option to Enabled or Disabled.
  • Click OK
  • Close GPE

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