Is there a Windows tool that would detect programs that are used infrequently or are never used? It would help cleaning up unwanted programs and cluttered Windows.
The problem with a
What constitutes use? Is it when the main executable is run? When any associated file is touched? When the settings that live in the user profile are modified? Remember that it is not necessary to 'run' a file to 'read' it; for example an antivirus program scanning a file could be counted as 'use'.
The method I described below apparently has been disabled since XP (where the column appears to be enabled by default), and was never reliable anyway.
I'm not sure what exactly defines 'used', but the
Windows already has a tool like this embedded. If you go to control panel and then go to applications you will see a list with the installed apps and a column at the right will show you how often the app has been used.
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