Enable or Disable Detailed Verbose Logon, Logoff, Startup, and Shutdown Status Messages in Vista and Windows 7

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This will allow you to enable or disable displaying status messages that reflect each step in the process of starting, shutting down, logging on, or logging off the computer.This is disabled by default in Vista and Windows 7.
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If enabled, you will get more detailed (verbose) status messages than just the normal "Logging On", "Logging Off", or "Shutting Down" messages.

EXAMPLE: Shutdown with one Detailed Status Message step
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-shutdown1.jpg






OPTION ONE

Through the Local Group Policy Editor

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane, click on Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and System (See screenshot below)
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-group_policy.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Verbose vs normal status messages and click on Properties. (See screenshot above)

4. To Enable Detailed Status Messages
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5A)

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Disable Detailed Status Messages
A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK.
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-properties.jpg
6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done.






OPTION TWO

Using a REG File Download

1. To Enable Detailed Status Messages
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Enable_Detailed_Status_Messages.reg

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B) Go to step 3.
2. To Disable Detailed Status Messages
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Disable_Detailed_Status_Messages.reg

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3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

7. Log off, shut down, or log on to see the changes.





OPTION THREE

Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This option will work for all Vista editions.
1. Open the Start Menu.

2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.

3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt.

4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-reg1.jpg
5. To Disable Detailed Status Messages
A) In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. (See screenshot below)

B) Type VerboseStatus and press Enter.

C) Right click on VerboseStatus and click on Modify.
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-reg2.jpg
D) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-modify.jpg
E) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below)
Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown-reg3.jpg
F) Go to step 7.
6. To Enable Detailed Status Messages
A) In the right pane, right click on VerboseStatus and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)

B) Click on Yes to confirm deletion.
7. Close regedit.

8. Log off, shut down, or log on to see the changes.
That's it's,
Shawn