If you ever get asked to fix the PC of a friend or colleague which has been having problems, the first thing you need to ascertain is what the friend or colleague has been doing on the PC recently. Equally, if you allow someone to use your computer, you might also want to know what they did with it.
Windows keeps all information about recent usage on hand. Trouble is, it's spread across various log files within the system, so it can take a while to pull all the information together.
Which is why I'm so impressed with a utility called Last Activity View, which brings together the information in a single list. You can see what program was run, and when, and more information too. It's a great tool for anyone who supports PCs or who is merely interested in what they get up to in the name of the current user.
Last Activity View is from the always-excellent Nir Sofer, and is a free download of less than half a megabyte. And according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, it's clean too. Head to http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/computer_activity_view.html for the download. You'll find the link at the bottom of the page, just above the list of languages it's been translated into.
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