ExecutedProgramsList – Find out which programs are run on your PC


Ever wondered if Windows keep a history of files that are executed on your computer? In other words, does Windows store a database of list of files ending with extension .exe, that are run on your PC? The answer is Yes!, but normally you can’t view it due to storage in the form of registry entries, with in the Windows Registry file.

This is how forensic experts dig out information when a PC is analysed. ExecutedProgramList, a freeware program lets you do the forensics yourselves, by extracting the previously executed programs list on your Windows PC. It takes out the information from the following Windows Registry Keys:

  • Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\MuiCache
  • Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache
  • Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Persisted
  • Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Compatibility Assistant\Store
  • Windows Prefetch folder (C:\Windows\Prefetch)

Upon first run, the program may take a minute or two to scan your PC and retrieve the information, but subsequent runs should be faster.



To get a more detail picture of a particular executable file, right-click on it and select Properties. You can also multiple select items, view its HTML Report, and save as TXT or HTML file.

ExecutedProgramsList - Properties Menu

ExecutedProgramsList – Properties Menu

It shows some very vital information such as File Last Modified, File Created On, Last Executed On, etc..

ExecutedProgramsList - Properties

ExecutedProgramsList – Properties

ExecutedProgramsList is a 100% free portable utility that has no malware, no adware, doesn’t hjack browsers, and doesn’t nag for upgrade to pro version.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.