Enabling the Shutdown Event Tracker

When you select Start | Shut Down, Windows 7 proceeds to shut down without any more input from you (unless any running programs have documents with unsaved changes). That’s usually a good thing, but you might want to keep track of why you shut down or restart Windows 7, or why the system itself initiates a shutdown or restart. To do that, you can enable a feature called Shutdown Event Tracker. With this feature, you can document the shutdown event by specifying whether it is planned or unplanned, selecting a reason for the shutdown, and adding a comment that describes the shutdown.
To use a group policy to enable the Shutdown Event Tracker feature, follow these steps:
  1. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System branch.
  2. Double-click the Display Shutdown Event Tracker policy.
  3. Click Enabled.
  4. In the Shutdown Event Tracker Should Be Displayed list, select Always.
  5. Click OK.
Now when you select Start | Shut Down, you see the Shut Down Windows dialog box shown in below picture.


The Shut Down Windows dialog box appears with the Shutdown Event Tracker feature enabled.
To enable the Shutdown Event Tracker on systems without the Local Group Policy Editor, open the Registry Editor and dig down to the following key:
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Reliability
Change the value of the following two settings to 1:
ShutdownReasonOn
ShutdownReasonUI

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