How to Suppress Error Messages During Boot Process

Do you get annoyed when an error message pops up while your computer is booting? If so, you are not alone. These messages alert users that a hardware component isn’t working properly. If you find such messages annoying, this registry tweak for Windows XP can help you get rid of them.

Since this is a registry tweak, you will have to make changes to your registry. As such, you should create a backup of your current registry settings before implementing any changes. Changes to the registry are irreversible if you do not have a backup in place. In case an error occurs you can always revert to your original registry settings.

Here’s how you suppress error messages during boot up.

  1. Click Start and go to Run. Enter regedit. This will bring up your registry editor.
  2. Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE on the left side of your registry editor. Expand the folder by clicking on the cross at the left.
  3. Now go to SYSTEM and expand.
  4. Look for CurrentControlSet. Expand this folder.
  5. Go to Control. Expand this folder and go to the Windows folder.
  6. Look at the right side of your registry editor. You should be able to find NoPopupsOnBoot listed there. If you find the value, go on to step seven. If you don’t, follow the steps below to create NoPopupsOnBoot.
    • Right click on the right hand pane of your registry editor.
    • Select New and then select DWORD.
    • Rename the new DWORD NoPopupsOnBoot. You can also choose to right click on the new DWORD value and select Rename.
  7. Double click on NoPopupsOnBoot. A new box will come up.
  8. Enter 0 if you want the pop ups to be visible. Enter 1 if you want to hide the pop ups.
  9. Exit the registry and reboot.

This is a quick and easy way to get rid of those annoying pop ups.