joneamy123

I would like to know how to search my computer for its history. My teenager continually deletes the history in internet explorer, but is there a way I dig into the computer to see exactly what sites he has been searching for, along with the date and time he searched

Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Jay Vora

sir, i think many third party softwares are available for ur purpose....




Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

joneamy123

so, ur telling me that i will need to purchase software for this, my harddrive does not have a location for me to go to to see what has been searched on my computer



Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Eric Wolz - MSFT

When a user selects the clear history button, we strictly respect users privacy rights and clear all locations which contain the information on the computer. You can disable the clear history feature from IE by setting the group policy as described below. 

1.) "Start Menu" -> "Run..."
2.) Enter "gpedit.msc"
3.) "Local Computer Policy" -> "Computer Configuration" -> "Administrative Templates" -> "Windows Components" -> "Internet Explorer" -> "Internet Control Panel"
4.) Double click the "Disable the General page"
5.) Click the "Enabled" button and then OK. 






Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Jay Vora

great work done sir..thts quite fine i found this first time..

thank you sir.






Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

joneamy123

Thank you so much for trying, but when I type "gpedit.msc" with or without the quotations, a window pops up and says "windows cannot find "gpedit.msc" make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again" What am I doing wrong



Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Jay Vora

run >> gpedit.msc without quotes..

this must work..

just to make sure ur run runs properly .try run>>winword if MS word opens ..it means run works ..then gpedit.msc shud do






Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Eric Wolz - MSFT

This is the full path to the file:

c:\windows\system32\gpedit.msc






Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

joneamy123

i did run winword and ms word did open, but i still cannot get gpedit.msc to open. is there something wrong with my computer i even tried it like Eric (below) suggested: c:\windows\system32\gpedit.msc with the slashes going both ways and with file:///c:/windows/system32/gpedit.msc also with the slashes going both ways, it tells me "the specified path does not exist"

so frustrating!!!!!!!





Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

joneamy123

i tried this and the computer tells me "the specified path does not exist". any other suggestions

thanks





Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Eric Wolz - MSFT

I'm assuming you are running WindowsXP Home edition, the group policy editor is only on the Professional version. I would recommend you purchase a third party software to solve your issue, but I already think you know what the answer is going to be.




Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

joneamy123

ur right, i am using windows xp. so u r telling me there is no way i can search the detailed history of my computer



Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Eric Wolz - MSFT

Yes, there is no way to search the history after a user has explicitly deleted the it.




Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

joneamy123

thanks for the help. one more question, would it be best for me to purchase windows professional or a third party software



Re: Windows Desktop Search Development search history

Eric Wolz - MSFT

I would try MSN explorer first, which is an upgrade to Internet Explorer. It has more parental control. (and it's free)

http://explorer.msn.com/install.htm