LKBEN10580: Howto deactivate shutdown - cause dialogue in Windows Server 2003 ("event tracker")


Every time Windows Server 2003 is shutdown or rebootet, an annoying dialogue pops up asking for the reason


Works as designed


This feature of Windows Server 2003 is planned for documenting every shutdown in the system eventlog. While this is a desired feature with a productive server (database, file, print....), it's very annoying with a testsystem or a server administrated by few credible administrators.

The built-in feature can be deactivated in the Local Computer Policy (type "gpedit.msc" in "run..." or Command Shell) under

-> Computer Configuration
-> Administrative Templates
-> System
-> Double-Click “Display Shutdown Event Tracker” and select Disabled
-> OK

If it's to be activated again, follow above procedure.


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About the Author

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.