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I'm wondering if there's any log which stores information about a particular program such as when the program has started and closed manually on Windows such as MS Word, or Chrome. Any ideas?

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Mark Russinovich and Thomas Garnier released a tool called SysMon which allows logging of started processes:

Sysmon includes the following capabilities:

  • Logs process creation with full command line for both current and parent processes.

Analyze the log details in Eventviewer:

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Since End of May 2017, we see a lot of questions about a small command windows popping up. This is caused by OfficeBackgroundTaskHandlerRegistration scheduled task.

Disable this task in task scheduler under ask Scheduler -> Microsoft -> Office ->

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