Note: This article applies to Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
I stumbled across an interesting Windows feature that you can enable with N-Lite that will show extra boot messages when you login to Windows. I didn’t want to format my computer and do a fresh Windows install just to be able to see a message that says "Playing Logon Sound," so I searched around on Google and found that enabling this feature is an extremely easy registry hack. Do the following:
- Go to the Start Menu and click Run…
- Type regedit in the box and press Enter. This will open the Registry Editor.
- Click on the folder structures on the left (which are known as hives and keys) in the following sequence.
- In the right hand side of the window, look for a value called named VerboseStatus.
- If it exists, double-click on it, type a 1 in the box, and click ok. Once you reboot, you will see extra boot messages.
- If it does not exist, right click on white space in the right-hand pane, choose New, then choose DWORD Value. You’ll see a key that says New Value #1. Type VerboseStatus and press Enter.
- Double-click on your new VerboseStatus value, type a 1 in the box, and click OK.
- Reboot, and you should see new boot status messages.
For some reason, I get a great deal of satisfaction out of seeing Playing Logon Sound before it happens. On a more practical note, these messages can allow you to see at what point your Windows logon becomes slow (if it ever becomes a problem).