Get rid of the annoying Shutdown Event Tracker message

Ever stumbled upon the repetitive Shutdown Event Tracker pop-up message following an unexpected shutdown?

This could happen on some occasions in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 releases and it won’t go away even if you provide a reason for the shutdown.

There are few to none reports that this behaviour is also reproduced in earlier versions of Windows Server.

It could be misleading from time to time, especially in environments where lots of people from the IT department log in to the servers.

Hopefully, there is a registry setting we can modify to make this meaningless yet annoying pop-up message disappear.

As always, it is advisable to take a backup first but we are not going to modify anything that could make the server fall apart.

Registry Editor

The registry path is the following:

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability

There are two ways to force the message disappearance:

  1. Change the value from 1 to 0 and close the Registry Editor

OR

  1. Remove both “DirtyShutdown” and “DirtyShutdownTime values and close the Registry Editor

That’s it.

Upon the next server logon, the Shutdown Event Tracker pop-up window should not be there anymore!

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