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How to make Windows 8.1 show the last logon information at every logon

One of the interesting features of all versions of Windows, including Windows 8.1 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 and Windows 8 too. To activate this feature, you need to do these simple steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor
  2. Go to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

    Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.

  3. If you have no such key, then just create it.

  4. 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.
    DisplayLastLogonInfo

That's it. You are done. Log out from your Windows session and sign in back. The first time you will see the following screen:
first time logon info
After the second logon, you will see another screen:
second time logon info
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.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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