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Disable Shutdown Event Tracker on Windows Server 2003

If you like me use multiple virtual machines running Windows 2003 server (for various testing and developing) you'll quickly get *really* tired of the Shutdown Event Tracker which pops up everytime you want to restart/shutdown.

Thankfully there is a way to disable this feature. Do the following:

  1. Log in to the machine with Administrator rights.
  2. Open Group Policy, then load the group policy you want to apply the change to. (Note: On a computer that is not a part of a domain you can set this feature locally by running GPEDIT.MSC from the Run command.)
  3. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.
  4. Double-click Display Shutdown Event Tracker.
  5. Select Disabled.
  6. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.
  7. Reboot :-)
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