[Windows] Track shutdown times, session duration, and reasons for power-off with TurnedOnTimesView

TurnedOnTimesView UIOne way to monitor your PC and how it’s used is to keep track of shutdown times and the duration of each user session. While you may not be able to see what a user was doing during their particular session, you can still get a feel for how long they actually were on the computer. Better yet, in conjunction with other monitoring apps you can actually track what someone was doing on your computer. TurnedOnTimesView is a Windows application that will track power states, shutdown issues, and even session durations. Of course, it only applies if you’re not one of those people who keeps their computer on indefinitely.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

TurnedOnTimesView is a free Windows application that will allow you to track power states, the duration of user sessions, and shutdown reasons or shutdown types. In some cases, it can even give you a general idea of what’s going on with your computer. For example, you can see if there’s a particular problem causing the system to shutdown prematurely. In addition, it’s a portable application which means you don’t have to bother with an install package and you can run it even from external drives.

TurnedOnTimesView aboutPros

  • Straightforward and clean UI, easy to read
  • Displays updated log of shutdown times, power-off reasons, session duration and more
  • The log is populated instantly even during the first-run, thanks to system logs
  • Individual items and the entire log can be exported to HTML, CSV, TXT or XML
  • It’s relatively light on system resources (7,000KB of RAM)
  • It’s a portable application and can run from an external drive
  • Available in multiple languages including Dutch, German, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Russian and Traditional Chinese

TurnedOnTimesView export optionsCons

  • The remote computer source tool didn’t work for me (yes, I have multiple computers connected to my network)
  • Startup information just displays time and date of occurrence, it would be nice to see a little more information
  • Sometimes fields are empty, like a missing shutdown reason or session duration

Discussion

For starters, TurnedOnTimesView is a portable application which means that it will download as a compressed archive. In order to access the application executable, you will first need to unzip the appropriate files with an archiver like WinZip, WinRAR, or 7Zip. Since it is portable, you can run it from an external drive or USB thumb drive if you so desire.

TurnedOnTimesView fullscreenThe user interface is pretty straightforward, and since it’s a monitoring app there really isn’t much to configure. As soon as you launch it, you are presented with the necessary logging screen that lists all kinds of information pertaining to user sessions and shutdown times. More specifically, the application tracks the following information:

  • Startup time
  • Shutdown time
  • Duration (session)
  • Shutdown reason (where applicable)
  • Shutdown type
  • Shutdown process
  • Shutdown code

In the list, a system startup will be displayed with a red orb and it will only include information about the startup time. Entries related to a shutdown will be presented with a green orb, and include all the appropriate information where applicable. Sometimes, a shutdown reason will not be listed. However, for the most part you can tell if a shutdown was planned, or if it was sudden.

TurnedOnTimesView remote queryThe application also presents a backlog of information dating all the way back to the time when the OS was first installed. Strangely enough, the log is set to display oldest entries first by default. On my computer, that meant I saw entries from November, 2012 in the list first.

In the advanced options menu, you can query data from a remote computer if you know the name. I could not get the feature working on my computer, but it’s not really a necessary feature.

If you want to save specific entries in the list or the entire log, you can export the data to files of varying formats including HTML, XML, Text and CSV. You can also generate an HTML report from single items in the log, or the entire log. The HTML report will automatically open in your default browser.

For reference, TurnedOnTimesView uses nearly 7,000KB of RAM while running.

Conclusion and download link

TurnedOnTimesView right click context menuIf you want to monitor shutdown information, session duration and reasons for a power-off then TurnedOnTimesView can help you. There are quite a few uses for an application like this. When used in conjunction with other monitoring apps you can keep track of what users are doing and how long they were on the computer. Furthermore, it can also be used to troubleshoot and quickly see why a computer is shutting down. All information can be exported to several different file types including HTML, TXT, CSV and XML and you can even generate an HTML report to look at in your browser on the fly. TurnedOnTimesView uses relatively few system resources (7,000KB of RAM while running), and it uses existing system logs to track information. That means, even when you start the application for the first time you’ll see backlogs related to system use.

To put it simply, if you need the functionality then get this program.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, Seven)

Download size: 63.4KB (zipped), 238KB (unzipped)

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/47

Is it portable? Yes

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  1. Briley Kenney
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    [@Bub] “So it of course must make do with whatever information is available in the Windows Event Log.”

    Exactly, it would be nice to see the application itself log relevant information instead of just pulling from existing logs. After all, it is designed so that you can leave it running in the background. Even so, if the system shuts down prematurely the log should still include session duration. It’s just a matter of calculating the difference between the startup and approximate shutdown times. Sometimes simple information like that is missing, when I don’t see a reason it should be. Especially since the idea behind the program is to make obtaining the information easier.

    As for the remote computer, yes the Windows Firewall was disabled on BOTH machines during testing. Furthermore, remote event log management is enabled (with exception rules), as well. Again, because the firewalls were disabled that shouldn’t matter, but all bases were covered.

  2. Bub

    Briley,

    I’m curious about the cons you list, such as “it would be nice to see a little more information,” and “sometimes fields are empty.” What exactly do you expect from it? After all, as you mention elsewhere in the review, this program doesn’t actually log anything itself; it is simply an Event Log analyzer – and that’s a good thing. So it of course must make do with whatever information is available in the Windows Event Log. In case of an improper shutdown, the log will be missing information. And I wonder what information Windows logs during startup that you are hoping to see.

    As for your difficulties working with the remote computer, did you remember to change the Windows Firewall settings on the other computer to allow remote event log management? By default, that setting is off.

    Although you mention it obliquely in the article, it is worth stating more plainly that this program tells you nothing that you could not figure out simply by opening up the Event Log viewer yourself and combing through the entries. This application’s utility is not in making new information available, but rather in analyzing the existing information and presenting it in a more useful format. At least, it is more useful if you are looking for the answer to certain specific questions.