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Enable Shutdown Event Tracker (Windows XP)

The Shutdown Event Tracker provides a simple and standard mechanism you can use to consistently document the reasons for shutting down or restarting your computer. The information provided is recorded in the system log in Event Viewer.

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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value or modify the existing value named "ShutdownReasonUI" and set it to "1" to enable shutdown event tracking.

When enabled an additional drop-down option box will be displayed with various planned and unplanned shutdown reasons.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|ShutdownReasonUIREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability]
Value Name: ShutdownReasonUI
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = default, 1 = enabled)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: June 6, 2002