How do I enable verbose boot, shutdown, logon, and logoff messages?

A. Windows 2000 provides the option of verbose event messages. You usually enable them through a Group Policy:

  1. Open a policy in Group Policy Editor (GPE).
  2. Expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Tools, System.
  3. Double-click "Verbose vs normal status messages."

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  5. Set this option to Enabled or Disabled.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Close GPE.

You can also set this option via the registry editor as long as no policy will override it (i.e., all policies applied to the machine must be set to "not configured").

  1. Start regedit.exe.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system.
  3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD value.
  4. Enter a name of VerboseStatus and press Enter.
  5. Double-click the new value, and set it to 1 to enable verbose mode (set it to 0 for normal mode). Click OK.
  6. Close regedit.exe.
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