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I need a good way to keep a running log of Window's XP boot history

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We are running XP Professional on about 475 workstations.  Different models of workstation are freezing up during the "Loading Personal Settings" phase of the system boot.  Maybe 15 percent have reported this problem about once a week, with new machines reporting the problem every few days.  The only way that we can remedy the problem is to reboot the machine.  The problem usually will not return for a few days or even weeks--not a high priority problem, but something we need to remedy.
I am looking for a good way to log all boot actions, and maybe track down what is causing this problem.  Does Microsoft provide a way to keep an extensive boot history?  If not, can you recommend a product that might work well for me?
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Are you using any software such as DeepFreeze on the systems?
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See this Microsoft article:

How to enable verbose startup, shutdown, logon, and logoff status Messages in the Windows Server 2003 family

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325376
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We are not using DeepFreeze currently.  I was able to enable verbose status messages easily, and will see if that helps to isolate the problem.
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Look forward to reading your update. :-)
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I'm thinking about applying verbose status messages on all machines.  I haven't caught this problem yet on any of the machines that have been enabled.  I will be sure and let you know as soon as I can catch it.
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Added email address for notifications.
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(Benchmark Administrative close) the tech that entered this item has not updated it regularly so I'm closing it. Points awarded to the person that offered the most help to our technician.
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