2.18. Disabling Shutdown Tracker


You want to disable the Shutdown Tracker from running at system startup on lab or test systems because it is annoying. Shutdown Tracker is a new feature of Windows Server 2003 that prompts you to provide a description of the reason why a server is being shut down or restarted. If the server unexpectedly restarted, you are prompted during logon for this information.


You need to reboot the system for the changes to take effect after performing one of the following.

Using a graphical user interface

  1. Open the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and connect to the target machine.

  2. In the left pane, expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows NT.

  3. If there is no subkey called Reliability, create it by right-clicking Windows NT, selecting New Key, and typing Reliability.

  4. Right-click Reliability and select New DWORD Value.

  5. In the right pane, type ShutdownReasonOn and hit enter. Leave the default value set to 0.

You can also disable Shutdown Tracker using group policy. The settings for it are located in Computer Configuration Administrative Templates System Display Shutdown System Tracker.

Using a command-line interface

The following command disables the Shutdown Tracker:

> reg add "\\<ServerName>\HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Reliability" /v
ShutdownReasonOn /t REG_DWORD /d 0

Using VBScript

' This code disables the Shutdown Tracker from running. ' ------ SCRIPT CONFIGURATION ------ intEnable = 0 ' 0 = disable; ...

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