How to find or check windows 10 / 11 user login history ?


👤 Diwas Poudel    🕒 Jan 23 2022    📁 FIX

Check window 10 / 11 user login history

Do you know we can find out who was login into our windows 10 / 11 system when we are away? When someone logged into the system then their logged information will be stored in the windows 10 / 11 system.

In Windows 11 or Windows 10, there is the "Auditing logon events" policy to track both local and network success and failed login attempts and resources access information. User's attempts to logged-in information can be seen using the event viewer.

Before going to check the window user login history, let us learn about Event Viewer.

Event Viewer is auditing features that allow administrators to configure windows systems to record day-to-day activity perform on operating system activity in the security log. So in short Event Viewer is especially useful for troubleshooting Windows and application errors and security.

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The categories of events that can be logged are:

  • Directory service access
  • Account logon events
  • Account management
  • Privilege use
  • Object access
  • Logon events
  • System events
  • Policy change
  • Process tracking (source: Wikipedia )

Note that :

a) Logon auditing will only work on your Windows Professional, so if you have a home edition of windows, you can't use it. Here, in this article, I am using windows 10 Professional Editions.

b) We can't tell you "who" actually logged in the system but can actually tell you at what time and date login is done.

So without wasting time let's check windows 10 user login history step by step:

1. Windows 10 / 11 user login history using Event Viewer

Step 1 ) Open Event Viewer

Click on the start button and type "Event Viewer" in the search box and you will see Event Viewer at the top of the list. Then click on Event Viewer.

You will get Event Viewer Windows as shown below.

2)Accessing Logging History List

Then on the left pane, double click on "Windows Logs".There you will find 5 lists. Among them just click on "Security", which is in the second position from the top.


3)Finding actual login information ID

Then on the middle pane, you will get the list of events related to user logged and resource access information. This list is sorted by Date/Time. Therefrom top start searching event with Event ID 4624, which is actually user logon event ID. If you find multiple 4624 ID that means your system is logged On many times.

4)Finding Details of login information

Just click on that row (rows having Event ID 4624) you will find login information at the bottom of the same window.

 Showing the main information in the general section as below:

 
Subject:
	Security ID:		SYSTEM
	Account Name:		DESKTOP-9SHPG17$
	Account Domain:		WORKGROUP
	Logon ID:		0x3E7

Logon Information:
	Logon Type:		5
	Restricted Admin Mode:	-
	Virtual Account:	No
	Elevated Token:		Yes

The user who logged in can find out from Account Name and Account Domain.

Security ID: This is the SID of the account.

Account Name: Logon name of the system.

Account Domain: Domain name of the account. In the case of local accounts, it is just a computer name.

Logon ID: It helps to identify the login session.

Login Type: Login Type shows how user login. There are altogether 9 different types of login. Here, Login Type is 5  which is just a service logon, which occurs when services and service accounts log on to start a service.

Restricted Admin Mode: Here we have "-". We will find "yes" instead of "-" only for login Type: 10 (RemoteInteractive logon) this is when Remote Desktop Connections is made. In our general local system we have "-". Restricted Admin mode is for safeguarding against "pass the hash" attacks.

Importance Event IDs and their purpose

Event Id Purpose
4624 A successful account logon event
4625  An account failed to log on
4648 A logon was attempted using explicit credentials
4634 An account was logged off
4647 User-initiated logoff
4694 Special groups have been assigned to a new logon
6005 Startup event

 

Detail Information is shown below:

 
- System 
  - Provider 
   [ Name]  Microsoft-Windows-Security-Auditing 
   [ Guid]  {54849625-5478-4994-a5ba-3e3b0328c30d} 
   EventID 4624 
   Version 2 
   Level 0 
   Task 12544 
   Opcode 0 
   Keywords 0x8020000000000000 
  - TimeCreated 
   [ SystemTime]  2019-12-17T15:45:48.912281500Z 
   EventRecordID 934340 
  - Correlation 
   [ ActivityID]  {3b9a6bd1-b09b-0000-846c-9a3b9bb0d501} 
  - Execution 
   [ ProcessID]  776 
   [ ThreadID]  15784 
   Channel Security 
   Computer DESKTOP-9SHPG17 
   Security 
- EventData 
  SubjectUserSid S-1-5-18 
  SubjectUserName DESKTOP-9SHPG17$ 
  SubjectDomainName WORKGROUP 
  SubjectLogonId 0x3e7 
  TargetUserSid S-1-5-18 
  TargetUserName SYSTEM 
  TargetDomainName NT AUTHORITY 
  TargetLogonId 0x3e7 
  LogonType 5 
  LogonProcessName Advapi  
  AuthenticationPackageName Negotiate 
  WorkstationName - 
  LogonGuid {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000} 
  TransmittedServices - 
  LmPackageName - 
  KeyLength 0 
  ProcessId 0x2f4 
  ProcessName C:\Windows\System32\services.exe 
  IpAddress - 
  IpPort - 
  ImpersonationLevel %%1833 
  RestrictedAdminMode - 
  TargetOutboundUserName - 
  TargetOutboundDomainName - 
  VirtualAccount %%1843 
  TargetLinkedLogonId 0x0 
  ElevatedToken %%1842 

Using Custom Filter

As you have seen, Event Viewer keeps large log records and it is difficult to find a particular event ID. But don't worry there are filter features with the help of which we can list only particular Event ID data.

  • To create the filter, right-click on "Custom Views" and select the "Create Custom View" option from the list.

  • Once Create Custom View windows opens, look at the "Logged" section and pick a time range.
  • Then, Check the By log option and Use the down menu of "Event logsand choose "Security"  under "Windows Logs".
  • Then, type 4624 in "All Event IDs".
  • Click on "Ok".

In the next window, give the name of your custom filter name and click Ok. Here, we have given the name: " ".

  • Then on the next screen, look at your filter name under "Custom Views".Click on it and you will get your login attempts(Id: 4624 only ) which you have set in earlier steps.
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2. Check Windows 10 / 11 User Login History Using Powershell

We can search for a particular event log using Powershell. For this to work you must run PowerShell with admin privilege.

Steps:

  1. Run Powershell with admin right.
  2. Then paste the below code in PowerShell.
 
Get-EventLog security | Where-Object {$_.TimeGenerated -gt '2/10/20'} | Where-Object {($_.InstanceID -eq 4634) -or ($_.InstanceID -eq 4624)} | Select-Object Index,TimeGenerated,InstanceID,Message
💡 Where, - Get-EventLog: allows you to access the Event Log in both local and remote computers.
- First Where-Object: uses the variable $.EventID for comparing the Event ID property with the specified value. Here, we specify the date.

- First Where-Object: specify the two Event IDs that you want.Here, value = 4634 (EventId for login)
- Select-Object: Allows us to return only the output columns that we want to have.
loggedon-loggedoff-history
fig. showing logged on and logged off history
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3. Check Windows 10 / 11 user login history Using Third-party Tools

Native audit logs are hard to understand and too complex to audit manually, Also using windows default audit log is irrigating and has to follow step by step to find the desired audit log information of the particular users at a particular time. So, using these below tools you can log hundreds of logon and logoff events information. So without delay give a try to these tools.

a) TurnedOnTimesView :(Download : click here )

It is a tool that shows Windows 11/10 / 8 / 7 2008 / Vista logon / Logout times to users. It is developed by Nir Sofer.

b) LastActivityView : (Download:click here )
It is a simple tool for analyzing the operating system log and detecting the time range of the computer is on. It is developed by Nir Sofer.

c)Event Log Explorer: (Download: click here )

Event Log Explorer is a software solution that allows you to view analyze and monitor events that are registered in Microsoft Windows event logs. The Event Log Explorer simplifies and speeds event log review (safety, program, device, installation, directory service, DNS, and others) greatly.

d)ADAudit Plus

This software can do active directory auditing, user login /logout auditing, file server auditing. It does enterprise-wide auditing.

e)LepideAuditor (Visit here)

The report details logon and logo-off events including when from what computer and when users are logging in. You get reliable and immediate login details reports of network users as well.

f) UserLock (visit here)

UserLock tracks, records, and reports on all user connection events to provide a central audit across the whole network system— far beyond what Microsoft includes in Windows Server and Active Directory auditing.

g) WinLogOnView

WinLogOnView is Windows Event Logging software for Windows 7/Vista/8/10 OS that analyses the security event of OS and finds who has logged on and off on the basis of data/time. Information like Logon ID, User Name, Computer, Domain, Login/Logoff Time, Duration, and network address are logged.This information later can be exported to CSV, HTML,XML, tab-delimited files.

Check Windows login History if Cleared all Logs

If someone who login into your system knows about Event Viewer then he/she will clear all event viewer log and you will not able to find who has login before. If that is the case then you can set up the last login details when the system starts.

Warning: Use Registry at your own risk.

Steps:

1 Press Win + R key combination from keyboard and Type: regedit and press Enter.

2 Click on "Yes"

This will open Registry Editor.

3 Paste the below path in the registry search field

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

4 Right-click on System > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

5 Rename that New Value to "DisplayLastLogonInfo"

6 Double Click on "DisplayLastLoginInfo" and set value to "1".

7 Close the registry

If you want to see the effect, just restart your PC, and just after successfully login in, you will see the message as shown below.

You will get both Successful as well as Unsuccessful Sign-Attempt info as shown above.

To disable this, just delete "DisplayLastLogonInfo" value or you can just set that value of "DisplayLastLogonInfo" to "0"

FAQs

How to find out the last 5 login histories in windows 10 and 11?

We can use Powershell to find out last 5 login history and cmdlets are follows:

Get-EventLog System -Source Microsoft-Windows-WinLogon -After (Get-Date).AddDays(-5) -ComputerName $env:computername
fig. last 5 days login history windows 10 and 11
 How to find the Last Login History of a Particular User?

Ans: You can view a user's last login history by using the net user command in the command prompt, as shown below.

Type net user in command prompt. This will list out all users. In my case, I have an Administrator and poude user.

net user

Then type:

net user administrator | findstr /B /C:"Last logon"

where an administrator is a user and you can clearly see the Last logon date and time. Replace any user displayed via the net user command and see the result.

If the user has no logon history, it will show "Never" instead of the logon date and time, as shown below.

net-user-finding-last-login-history
fig. finding last login history of particular user using command prompt
1) Open Event Viewer directly from Run command?

Ans: Press Windows + R then type: eventvwr.msc

 

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