Group Policy Quick Tip – Verbose vs. Normal Status Messages

Today’s Group Policy Quick Tip is about the Verbose vs. Normal Status Messages setting.  If I had to name a Top Ten list of my favorite Group Policy settings, this one would definitely be on the list.  This setting takes the normal messages like, “Please wait…” and, “Preparing your desktop…”  and replaces them with much more useful messages.  For the most part, these messages will whiz past so quickly that you probably won’t be able to read them.  However, should one stay on the screen too long, it gives you a good starting point for troubleshooting performance issues.

Why would you want to set this policy?

  • To give end users (or yourself) more insight into what is going on during startup, shutdown, login, and logoff operations.

Where is the policy located?

  • Computer Configuration > Policies > System > Verbose vs normal status messages

Configurable Options

  • Enabled or Disabled

Supported Operating Systems/Software

  • Windows 2000 and up

Gotchas and Other Considerations

  • By using this setting, you’re giving your end users more insight into what is going on during startup, login, logoff, and shutdown operations.  This can be good and it can be bad…  If you’re doing something that is causing any of those operations to hang, prepare to hear about it.

 

One thought on “Group Policy Quick Tip – Verbose vs. Normal Status Messages

  1. bennettblodinger April 4, 2013 / 7:54 PM

    I’ve noticed after enabling this on my network, I’ve gotten significantly fewer complaints about slow computers. Instead of “Please wait…” staying on their screen, they see quick flashes of text, making it look like the computer is nice and fast.

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