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The question is for both windows xp and server 2003. Especially the latter takes ages to shutdown and startup and doesn't give information on what it's actually doing. Is there a way to get it to be more verbally? Like Linux tells what it's actually doing when it's starting up or shutting down.

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Ernst

I've been told exchange is busy during the shutdown, but I'd like to see what it's doing.

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Well, there's no way I know of the deactivate the bootscreen of Windows and switch to status messages instead (except the safe mode, yes). But you could let it create a boot log.

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That should help a bit, but is there something for shutdown as well? –  Ernst Jul 8 '10 at 9:41
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