What is Windows 7 doing when you log in / log off? Enable verbose logging!

Do you want to know more about what Windows is doing in the background when your PC is shutting down or starting? There’s a useful registry hack to enable verbose logging. Verbose logging will give you a lot more background information.

What is Windows doing in the background

When you shut down your computer, Windows stops the services and checks the group policies for example. If you are debugging Windows 7, verbose messages are very handy and will tell you more about what Windows is doing in the background.

Windows 7 Verbose Logging Message

In order to enable verbose logging in Windows 7, we need to modify a few registry keys. Let’s get to it.

1. Step Open up the registry.


2. StepUncollapse [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System]

3. Step Next select System and in the right-pane, create a DWORD-registry key:

New Dword Registry Key

4. StepEnter VerboseStatus

5. Step Double-click on the new registry key and change the value from 0 to 1

6. Step Reboot to see the verbose messages. Verbose logging is now enabled!

Download Verbose Logging Registry Hack

You can download our registry key to enable verbose logging:

Download Registry Key

Or copy this into notepad, save as .reg file and execute:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



What is Windows 7 doing in the background?

If you want more information about what Windows is doing in the backround, e.g. which program is currently writing to your hard drive or which programs are currently opened, you can download a special tool called WhatIsMyComputerDoing.

What is my computer doing in the background?

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2 Responses to What is Windows 7 doing when you log in / log off? Enable verbose logging!

  1. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    Stari said:

    i’m glat to find you, becaouse i thing, you can help me.
    what i need?
    I need to completly remove LogOff, SwitchUser,Lock,Restart,speep and hibernate buttons.
    Is this possible?
    I’w trayed some registry settings, but without succes. LogOff stays on start menu i can’t remove it.
    Thank you, friend.
    I work in VB.NEt.

    Dusan Petek

  2. Orange Community Approved Comment:
    matt said:

    just one question, where does windows store the log files? turning on verbose logging doesn’t really help if I can’t find the logs


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