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Recent Docs Folder in Win 7

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I have been asked as the network admin to monitor and employees recent docs, job hunting. I used to be able to Connect to their C$ drive, users\name\recent docs and see their files they had worked on. Now in Win 7 I do not see that folder and files. I need to be able to do this for Management purposes. Can anyone help me out here.
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C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items
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%userprofile%\Recent

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You can also try this path if you are going through batch file:

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items\
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@snailcat: it shows Recent Items as an item and not as a file folder. I did a properties on this and it shows multiple items but does not reveal any files.

@tausifsfarid: sorry for asking so, pcname\C$\%userprofile%\Recent  ?
 
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@snailcat: it shows Recent Items as an file (correction) and not as a file folder. I did a properties on this and it shows multiple items but does not reveal any files.

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Sorry if you want to access it via remote computer it is not possible...
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man that is a bummer because that is the way we can veirfy what the person has been working at their desk during the day while they are here, and not as they erase it during the end of the day.
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It's becaues Windows 7 treats it as a special folder in Explorer, so when you open it it actually shows you your recent docs. However, if you map a drive and use a command prompt, you can change to that folder and see their files.

Therefore if you desire a gui, an alternative might be to use a 3rd party file manager that doesn't translate the CLSID's automatically. Haven't tested any for this myself though.
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^ meant I haven't tested any third party file managers. The cmd prompt access to their folder I have used.
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Oh and the path from a command prompt is "\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent", not Recent Items
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Thanks Kenneniah, opening up a command prompt on my pc and type in the path, because it goes over a network would I cd the directory to \\pcname\ then the string you provided above.?
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CMD doesn't accept UNC paths. So you'd have to map a drive to their c$ share.
For example I map \\pcname\c$ to Y: on my computer, then open CMD to
Y:\Users\username\Appdata\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent
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Well, cd doesn't accept unc paths rather. Dir will however. so without mapping....openin cmd prompt and...
dir \\pcname\c$\users\username\appdata\roaming\microsoft\windows\recent
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Also due to your stated purpose, you might want the /od option for dir to sort by date with the most recent at the bottom.
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Thank you appreciate it.
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