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You know how whenever you login to your Windows box you always see a message saying “Applying computer settings…” and it can sit there for what feels like forever!!! Well it annoyed me to no end, I wanted to find out what it really meant and see if there was a way to tell me what sort of voodoo Microsoft was running on my machine. So after a quick search I found 2 Microsoft KB articles, kb325376 and kb316243. Now, I have a meaningful description like applying group policy, playing log off sound, etc…

After running the following registry script on my machine, I can get a verbose output.

There are two ways to set this in the registry, Option 1

  1. Open the registry by clicking start, run, typing regedit.exe then clicking ok.
  2. Navigate to the following subkey
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system
  3. Right click to create a new "DWORD Value"
  4. Title the new DWORD key VerboseStatus
  5. Double click VerboseStatus and make sure it has a "Value data" of 1
  6. Close the registry, you’re done.

Windows Registry Editor for Verbose Output

Windows Registry Editor for Verbose Output


When you done, you should see your registry key look like the following image on your left.

Option 2 to create this setting is by copying and pasting the following code into a registry file called VerboseOutput.reg.

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
 
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\system]
"VerboseStatus"=dword:00000001

This registry hack can be applied to the following Microsoft boxes…

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition

2 comments to Explained: What Does Applying Computer Settings… mean

  • Todd Dahlberg

    I had this problem on a Windows 2003 server. Would hang for at least 30 minutes saying “Applying Computer Settings…”. It would never go to the login screen. I gave up a couple times and cut the power to try booting up again. I noticed that my FSB frequency would keep moving to the wrong setting everytime I cut the power. I finally booted into safe mode and found that my clock was also resetting back to the year of my last bios update. 2003. Yes, it’s time to flash the bios. I had a dead battery on the motherboard. Replaced the battery, set the clock to the correct time and it booted up and went immediately to the login screen. It was the date/time causing the wait… Problem solved.

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