In Windows XP, a domain client computer would display messages like Ã¢â‚¬Å“Installing Managed Software Windows DefenderÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Apply Computer SettingsÃ¢â‚¬Â.
In Windows Vista all of this disappeared and was replaced with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Please WaitÃ¢â‚¬Â. In my opinion this was a bad move because users can get anxious that something is wrong quickly and sitting with the Please Wait message is tempting users to hit the power button.
I noticed sometime ago that Windows Server 2008 displays the correct messages to the user at start-up such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Applying Default Domain PolicyÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Installing Managed Software XÃ¢â‚¬Â
I didn’t realise however that it was possible to get this functionality back in Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Open your GPMC and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System
In here you will find a policy named Verbose Vs Normal Status Messages. Enabling this policy has the following effects according to the GMPC information:
Directs the system to display highly detailed status messages.
If you enable this setting, the system displays status messages that reflect each step in the process of starting, shutting down, logging on, or logging off the system.
This setting is designed for sophisticated users that require this information.
Note: This setting is ignored if the “Remove Boot / Shutdown / Logon / Logoff status messages” setting is enabled.