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How to enable Windows diagnostic / descriptive / detailed startup mode that shows what it's doing?

How to enable Windows diagnostic / descriptive / detailed startup mode that shows what it's doing?

During the boot process, Windows normally displays that monolithic "Logging on.." screen. There's a way to switch it to show what's going on behind the scenes, (e.g., connecting to network, running this program, arbitrary delay, etc.). How do I enable this mode?

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Guest [Entry]

"The option is called enabling verbose status messages. You can use the methods mentioned in the following links to turn it on.

http://www.techyard.net/how-to-verbose-startup-for-xp/

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325376

A word of caution - the MS link only mentions XP Pro, not Home, so I don't know if any of the methods referred to would work with XP Home. Also, it will affect shutdown, login and logoff too.

From the first link :

To enable verbose status message in
Windows, just follow the few simple
steps below.


Go to Start > Run, type regedit and click OK.
Navigate to


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Policies\System


Right click at an empty area on the right pane, select New > DWORD Value
and type VerboseStatus.
Now double click on the new verbosestatus key that you just
created and enter the value data as 1.
Again, right click at an empty area on the right pane, select NEW > DWORD
Value and type DisableStatusMessages.
By default, the value data should be
Leave it as it is."