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 :


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

Name: VerboseStatus


Value: 1
Note: Status messages will not display if the following
key is present and the value is set to 1:

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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