One of the interesting features of all versions of Windows including Windows 10 and Windows 8 is the ability to show detailed information about your previous logon. Every time you sign in, you will see an information screen with the date and time of the last successful logon. The same information will be displayed even if the previous logon was unsuccessful. This feature can be turned on with a simple Registry tweak.
This useful trick is actually very old. I had this feature enabled ages ago when my computer was running Windows 2000. It still works in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and in the recently released Windows 10 too. To activate this feature, you need to do these simple steps:
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following key:
Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.
If you have no such key, then just create it.
- Create a new DWORD value named DisplayLastLogonInfo and set it to 1. If you already have such a value, then just set it to 1 to enable the last logon information.
That's it. You are done. Log out from your Windows 10 session and sign in back.
Use Winaero Tweaker to avoid Registry editing
You can use Winaero Tweaker to avoid Registry editing. Do it as follows.
- Download Winaero Tweaker.
- Run it and go to Boot and Logon\Show Last Logon Info:
- Tick the checkbox to enable this feature.
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Being able to see the last logon information is a nice security measure. It can inform you if someone else tried to use your account.