W2K /XP /.NET enable verbose event messages

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

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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