Have you ever wanted to monitor who’s logging into your computer and when? On Professional editions of Windows, you can enable logon auditing to have Windows track which user accounts log in and when.
The Audit logon events setting tracks both local logins and network logins. Each logon event specifies the user account that logged on and the time the login took place. You can also see when users logged off.
Note: Logon auditing only works on the Professional edition of Windows, so you can’t use this if you have a Home edition. This should work on Windows 7, 8, and Windows 10. We’re going to cover Windows 10 in this article. The screens might look a little different in other versions, but the process is pretty much the same.
Enable Logon Auditing
To enable logon auditing, you’re going to use the Local Group Policy Editor. It’s a pretty powerful tool, so if you’ve never used it before, it’s worth taking some time to learn what it can do. Also, if you’re on a company network, do everyone a favor and check with your admin first. If your work computer is part of a domain, it’s also likely that it’s part of a domain group policy that will supersede the local group policy, anyway.
To open the Local…
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