Configure XP's Shutdown Event Tracker

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

Windows XP has a new feature Shutdown Event Tracker which allows one to record a shutdown or restart reason. You enter it into the Shut Down Windows dialog box which is displayed as part of the shutdown sequence, or when restarting a system after a sudden shutdown. Windows provides predefined reason options. You can also add custom reason options. The information you provide here is recorded in the system log in Event Viewer. To enable the feature:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability
Name: ShutdownReasonUI
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1=enable;0=disable

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