Did you know that the Windows OS tracks logon and logoff/standby times (working hours) by default? But how do you tap into this information and what could you use this information for?
An easy way to tap into this information is to use the small portable application called PC On/Off Time. No installation is required and no running in the background is required. Simply download and run.
PC On/Off Time graphically displays the usage time for your computer for the last 3 weeks without having to start any logging (uses Win 7/Vista/XP/2000/2008 built-in feature). It displays the hours of operation, in a simple overview, so you can see at what times the computer was on or off. You can also connect to a network PC and create the report.
What this graphic display will tell you is this:
A grey fade-out indicates that the computer switches into standby mode. (Windows 7/Vista or higher)
A red bar indicates that the computer was shut down unexpectedly (Windows event ID: 6008) with a following reboot.
In answer to the second part of the question; “What could you use this information for?
PC On/Off Time could be used as a troubleshooting tool. For example, I recently experienced an issue where my PC would abruptly shut down. This tool would have been helpful to determine the number of times this occurred and the date/time.
PC On/Off Time could be used to monitor the usage time that your children are on the the computer.
PC On/Off Time could be used to monitor computers on a network you are managing. For example, you may have a rogue user who is showing up at work after hours to use a PC for personal gain.
PC On/Off Time could be used a a timesheet tool to document time spent on a special project.
PC On/Off Time could be used as a forensics tool to generate a graphical report, as supporting documentation in a criminal case.
Can you think of any other uses for this tool? I would love to hear your comments.
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