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Windows 7: Is there a way to find out what happened at what time?


24 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Is there a way to find out what happened at what time?

I've been trying to track down what is causing file deletion on one of my drives. I've used a file recovery utility to determine that the last time I unexpectedly lost files was at 9:47 this morning. Is there something in Windows 7 that I can call up that will tell me what happened at any given time? Like what executables were running etc.

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24 Jan 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Try event viewer and see what that says

Just type those words in search.
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24 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Tried that after I posted my original message. I can't seem to get the search to show me what executables were running during the block of time around 9:47. I set up the Custom View but I can't figure out how to get it to show what was running. If I leave everyhting checked under Windows Logs it chokes and says I have too many things checked.
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24 Jan 2010   #4

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I don't think that there is a way to go back in history to track an event, but you might be able to track it in the future. I have only briefly scanned over this article, so I'm not positive that it is applicable or not:

Event Tracing: Improve Debugging And Performance Tuning With ETW
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24 Jan 2010   #5

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A cornucopia of information on event viewer

Working with Vista’s new Event Viewer

Will be similar in Win 7
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