If you are a system administrator or simply sharing your computer, there might be times when you need to know the startup and shutdown history of the computer. Though Windows doesn't display the history front and center, there are ways. Follow the below steps to see startup and shutdown history in Windows 10.
There are many ways to see the time when the system is turned on and off. For this specific guide, we are going to use the built-in Windows tool called Event Viewer. In case you don't know, Event Viewer is a simple yet highly versatile tool that logs all the system and some application events.
Since there will be some events that always happen when you startup or shutdown the system, all you have to do is find a specific event and take a look at the timestamps to know the PC startup and shutdown history.
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See Computer Startup History
1. First, open the start menu, search for "Event Viewer" and click on it. This action will open the Event Viewer.
2. In the Event Viewer application, go to the "Windows Logs" and then to "System" on the left panel. This is where all the system events are logged.
3. On the right panel, you will see a whole bunch of events that occur on a daily basis. To filter out the system startup event, we can use filters. Click on the "Filter Current Log" option appearing on the right panel.
4. In the subsequent window, type "6005" in the "Event Sources" field and click on the "Ok" button. If you want to, you can narrow the time period. To do that, select a time period form the "Logged" dropdown menu. In my case, I'm letting the defaults be.
5. As soon as you click on the "Ok" button, the logs should be filtered and all you should see are the startup events. Now, you will not specifically see the event named as Startup. The events are named as "The event log service was started". Since the event service is automatically started when you start the system, it is the startup time.
Open the log and you will see the date and time of the system startup.
As I said, if you are looking for events in a specific range then narrowing the filtered results via "Logged" feature we talked about can help a great deal.
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See Computer Shutdown History
Just like you can see the PC startup history, you can also see the PC shutdown history. Event Viewer automatically stops the Event service when you shut down the system. Since the event is logged with a different event ID, all we have to do is look for the event ID.
1. Open the Event Viewer and go to "Windows logs -> System". On the right panel, click on the "Filter current log" option.
2. In the filter window, enter "6006" in the "Event Sources" field and click on the "Ok" button. If you want to narrow the search for a specific time period, use the "Logged" drop-down menu.
That is all. It is that simple to find out the PC startup time and PC shutdown time in Windows 10.
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