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Is there a way within Windows Vista to check program history, much like how a web browser logs web pages that you have visited? Let's I wanted to see when chrome.exe was started. I'm not looking for any fancy details such as the programs up time or usage stats, just when it was opened and closed.

Is that possible, even if I don't have any prior software installed to log this information?

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There is a thing name Event Viewer, but it only displays some information about a program, not all history, this is how it can be opened in Vista. – Asif Jun 11 '12 at 20:43
No, this information is not logged by default. – Harry Johnston Jun 11 '12 at 20:44

Simple answer is no.

You can write a script that takes a snapshot of running processes, or updates whenever a new process is launched (the implementation details/requirements are up to you) but there is nothing within the OS that shows when an app was launched/terminated.

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