How to Turn Off or Turn on Verbose Boot in Windows 10

The verbose mode allows Windows 10 to show detailed messages while booting. Here is how to turn off or turn on verbose boot in Windows 10.

Windows 10 shows a simple loading animation and an occasional “Windows is starting” or “Updating Windows” message when you start, shut down, log in, and log off. In reality, though it doesn’t look like much, a lot is going on in the background while Windows 10 is booting. For example, Windows 10 has to close or open programs, start and stop services, verify system files, launch system essential system programs, etc.

In most cases, a simple loading animation and message while booting is good enough. Windows 10 hides all this information behind a simple loading animation because it doesn’t concern users, and some might even find it distracting. That being said, if you like to see what’s happening in the background or as part of a troubleshooting process, you can enable the Verbose Boot mode in Windows 10.

Once enabled, the Verbose Boot mode will force Windows 10 to show relevant boot messages as things happen in the background. For example, if Windows 10 is starting or stopping services, it will display appropriate messages accordingly. One of the most significant advantages of the Verbose Boot is that it makes it easy to identify which specific task makes Windows boot slower. As you can guess, it can be hugely helpful in the troubleshooting process.

So, without delay, let me show you how to turn on the Verbose Boot mode in Windows 10. When not need it, you can quickly turn off the Verbose Boot mode.

How do I enable verbose boot in Windows?

To enable verbose boot, you need to create the “verbosestatus” value in the registry editor and set its value to “1.” Once done, Windows 10 will show verbose boot messages while booting.

Steps to turn on verbose boot in Windows 10

To turn on the Verbose Boot mode in Windows 10, we have to modify the registry. Though it is easy, I recommend you back up the registry to be safe. If something goes wrong with the registry, you can restore the backup and start over.

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System” folder.
  3. Right-click on the “System” folder.
  4. Select “New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.”
  5. Type “verbosestatus” as the name.
  6. Double-click on the “verbosestatus” value.
  7. Set the “Value Data” to “1.”
  8. Click the “Ok” button.
  9. Quit the Registry Editor.
  10. Reboot the Windows 10 computer.

Detailed steps:

To modify the registry, we need to open the Registry Editor first. You can either search for “Registry Editor” in the Start menu or use the “regedit” Run command. After opening the Registry Editor, paste the below path in the address bar and press Enter. This action will take you to the System folder.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

open registry editor
go to system folder

Here, see if you can find the “verbosestatus” value on the right panel. If you can, then skip this step. Otherwise, right-click on the “System” folder and select the “DWORD (32-bit) Value” option.

create dword value

The above action will create a blank DWORD value. Name the new value as “verbosestatus” and press Enter.

create verbosestatus value

Next, double-click on the “verbosestatus” value, type “1” in the Value Data field, and click the “Ok” button. This Value Data is what makes the verbose mode active.

enable or turn on verbose boot mode in Windows 10

Finally, close the Registry Editor and reboot Windows.

reboot Windows 10

After rebooting, you will see verbose messages for every important thing that happens in the background while starting, shutting down, logging in, and logging off. You can see an example of a verbose boot message in the below image.

Windows 10 verbose boot

That is it. It is that simple to turn on verbose boot mode in Windows 10.

How to turn off Verbose Boot mode in Windows 10

To turn off the verbose boot mode, open the Registry Editor, go to the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System” folder, double-click on the “verbosestatus” value, and set the value data to “0.” Alternatively, you can delete the “verbosestatus” value. After that, close the Registry Editor and reboot the computer.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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