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Is there a free tool for a standalone Windows XP PC that will monitor either:

  • Logon/Logoff Events
  • Actual usage (mouse/keyboard time)

I am aware you can set a local policy to log into the eventlog logon/logoff events, but I would like something much simpler such that field staff can log usage of computers that are provided -- such as a library that needs to provide computer use numbers to justify adding extra PC's, or requesting funds to support their operations.

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Most of the software packages that would do this in a graphical way are more designed to spy on your employees... Not a great thing to advertise over here ;-) – Ivo Flipse Aug 3 '09 at 15:38

I am looking for something that won't be noticeable. Aimlessly Googling at lunch I found Marxio Login Logger which seems to the trick, but it doesn't have a nice easy installer.

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this should've been an comment. – alexanderpas Aug 3 '09 at 23:57
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Except its the answer to the problem :~) – SirStan Aug 4 '09 at 15:08

You could use Wakoopa to track amount of time various apps are open. It can be set to not track actual Web usage, if you want to be privacy-friendly.

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Logon/logoff events are already monitors. Run eventvwr and select the security tab. If you create a shortcut it's just a couple clicks away.

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siestan, write to the author. I did so with his other product - Marxio Timer. Withing two weeks I saw my requested/suggested setting implemented. Try that with that what you way, maybe you'll be lucky as I was :)

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The problem with that tsilb is you need to enable logging via a local security policy. Without a local security policy -- the security log doesn't get used.

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Now, this should have been a comment. ;) – hyperslug Aug 4 '09 at 15:17

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