The information displayed when a Windows system starts or shuts down is too simple. This makes very complicated to find the sources of a problem. For example, on a normal shut down you will see just two messages, Logging off:
and Shutting down:
When Windows starts displays Please Wait… following by a Welcome message. In this post we will see how to show more detailed information about the process.
First you have to open the Group Policy Editor. To know more about how to use this tool visit this post: Working with the Group Policy Editor (Windows 7, Vista, XP). To do this press WinKey + R, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
Go to Local Computer Policy, Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System.
On the right pane select Verbose vs normal status messages:
Enable it and select ok:
Now you can see more messages describing the different steps: