Login and logout date & time using Windows XP Pro

By Helmy
Jul 19, 2007
  1. I have spent about 4 hours trying to find some very straight forward information. I want to find the log in and log out times on a stand alone laptop using Windows XP Pro to check for unauthorised usage.

    I cannot believe how compicated it is to find this most straight forward of information. I have enabled "Windows / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Policy / Audit Policy / Audit Account Logon Events enabled for successes & failures enabled".

    It should be possible to then see log in and log out times from "Windows / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Computer Management / Event Viewer / Security" but when trying to view log in and log out times from here all I can see is a load of processes with almost identical date & times right down the page. This isn't a list of log in and log out times for the stand alone laptop!

    Can you or do you know someone who can provide a fix ? I have posted a message on but have had no replies. Telephone support is charged at £199 + VAT per telephone call to a Microsoft support & Sony Tech. Support for out of warranty kit had some guy on the phone who clearly wasn't in the position (unusually) to help me so......please help, I don't want to waste any more of my life looking for this most basic of information. Thank you in advance for your time.
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Look in the Ad Tools, Event Viewer, System section under 'Information - eventlog' and look for Event Log started and stopped entries.
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