Games in Windows 2000

Posted on 2001-09-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
A manager in my dept asked me to check on an employee's game playing (sol.exe  etc)  He is interested in how frequently the program has been used.

When you find sol.exe and right click it and check properties - last accessed isn't valid because it is showing you accessing it.

Any way to do this?
Question by:tituba2
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Expert Comment

ID: 6483307
Go into add and remove programs in the control panel and look at the program and it will tell how much it is used.

Author Comment

ID: 6483408

Games is not listed in Add/Remove Programs

Expert Comment

ID: 6483842
if the manager in question doesn't want to confront the employee, may I suggest like many workplaces the games are removed.
add/remove programs - windows setup tab & go in & uncheck the games then apply.
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Author Comment

ID: 6483908
Yeah, that was my first response but the manager (I guess) is looking for something to hang this person with.  He just wanted to know if there was some kind of reporting tool that showed frequency and time etc.

Actually, with Windows 2000 - you can't go to Add/Remove Programs and remove the games without first unhiding them.
They are not listed under Windows Components.  Once they do appear under Windows Components - it doesn't show "last accessed" etc.  Guess I'll just revisit removing them with the manager.

Expert Comment

ID: 6483946
It's been a long time but in NT I seem to recall an event viewer that showed program usage. I don't have a W2K system available to me at the moment to check but have a look in areas like system tools or administration tools if it's there.

Accepted Solution

schmiegu earned 50 total points
ID: 6486987
You can enable Auditing on the workstation in question and then you can enable the type of auditing on the files in question (eg. sol.exe). This is done via Properties - Security - Advanced - Audit. Add the user in question to the list and check Traverse folders/Execute File (you can check both Success and Failure, but Success should be sufficient). Then you can view the results in Security Evwent Log.

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ID: 6493273
Well done schmiegu

That's what I was getting at but my memory deserted me as to the exact area to go to.

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