How to view USB history under Windows ?

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Want to know if someone tried to insert a USB drive into your home computer or laptop?

You want to check if someone tried to copy something from your PC working when you were away?

Know that Windows keeps a HISTORY of all connected USB devices not for digital forensic purposes, but for performance purposes.

In this tutorial I will show you how check USB history in Windows 10 using a free tool called USBDeview. The latter reveals all the USB devices connected to your computer.

How we can view USB history Windows ?

You may not know this, but when you connect a USB device to Windows, it leaves traces in the registry.

The registry is a database in Windows which stores operating system settings, hardware devices, software programs, and user preference settings.

Every time we insert a USB drive into a computer, a registry key with the name “ USBSTOR » is created.

This registry key stores information about this USB device. Date and time of connection, type of USB device and its identifier... All the information that the operating system needs to know can be found in this registry key.

Thus, the application USBDeview allows you to display the contents of this registry key.

How to view USB device history?

First, you must download utility Windows USBDeview. It is provided by Nirsoft, they also have many other interesting utilities.

USBDeview works on all operating systems Windows: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. (32-bit and 64-bit systems).

After downloading unzip the software and run it, you will see a screen like this.

You can double-click the device to view the exact date and time of his first connection and his last connection to the computer.

No installation is required for this little program. You can run anytime and quickly check all previous USB devices used by someone in your device Windows.

Besides using USBDeview to view all connected USB devices, it can also be used to troubleshoot USB connection issues.

Simply right-click on the problematic USB device and select “ Uninstall selected devices"

Uninstalling the device will clean the tracks so that the USB device can be reinstalled automatically with the correct settings and updated.

And There you go ! Using these simple methods, you can now check USB device history from any device Windows and gain control of each of the devices that have already entered your computer.