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Windows 7: Computer activity

14 Mar 2010   #1
Eneswar

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Computer activity

Hey guys, this sounds like a stupid question but is there a way to see if the computer has been started, what time and so on without installing a third party program?

I would just need to know what time the computer was started and what time it got shut down, I dont need to know what has been done etc on the computer.


Thanks in advance


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14 Mar 2010   #2
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi Eneswar,

The event viewer should show that.... I'll take a look and see if I can come back with what number events we need. Stay tuned.
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14 Mar 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Open up Event Viewer, head into the Windows Logs -> System log, and then filter by Event ID 6005 to see when the system was last turned on—that event shows when the event log service was started again.
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14 Mar 2010   #4
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Ok, well it's not as easy as I thought. I had a quick look at my event viewer to see when the LOGICAL DISK MANAGER service entered the running state. Aas I'm sure that this is the firs service started and so would show me the start times of my PC. It's event 7036, but I had to look through a few of them and compare that to the times and dates. This works but is time consuming, so I will hunt for something easier.

By the way the command systeminfo will show you the up-time.

You could try enabling boot logging (this is for the future only) and see if the time is recorded.

I'll think some more on this.... I feel that the obvious is just escaping me.
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14 Mar 2010   #5
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Open up Event Viewer, head into the Windows Logs -> System log, and then filter by Event ID 6005 to see when the system was last turned on—that event shows when the event log service was started again.
The question I suppose is how accurate the times need to be. If a minute or so either side is ok then this event is a great one to look at.
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14 Mar 2010   #6
dnorris

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Open Task Manager, click on the Performance tab
it lists the Up Time...
looks like it's DD:HH:MM:SS
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14 Mar 2010   #7
Eneswar

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks all for the replies. I dont want to know the up time :P Just that if the computer was turned on i wanted to see what time this was, and i think i figured it out thanks to TimStitt and Bill2, went to the event viewer > windows logs > system log and there i can see

Thank you both!
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15 Mar 2010   #8
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

This will give you what you need (in an elevated command prompt type):

systeminfo | find /i "system boot time"
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15 Mar 2010   #9
TimStitt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
This will give you what you need (in an elevated command prompt type):

systeminfo | find /i "system boot time"
Yeah I mentioned systeminfo above, as I also misunderstood; but it only shows the information from the current boot. Not when the PC was last booted before the currently booted time.

E.g.
User boots up during the day and turns off when finished. You come in and boot up and want to see the times of the previous users session (without using any 3rd party apps).
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15 Mar 2010   #10
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TimStitt View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
This will give you what you need (in an elevated command prompt type):

systeminfo | find /i "system boot time"
Yeah I mentioned systeminfo above, as I also misunderstood; but it only shows the information from the current boot. Not when the PC was last booted before the currently booted time.

E.g.
User boots up during the day and turns off when finished. You come in and boot up and want to see the times of the previous users session (without using any 3rd party apps).
Well that makes two of us. UGH!
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