Registry key:

Windows Xp:
{75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEACF9} (GUI program execution).

Starting from Windows 7:
{CEBFF5CD-ACE2-4F4F-9178-9926F41749EA} (GUI program execution).
{F4E57C4B-2036-45F0-A9AB-443BCFE33D9F} (shortcut execution).


The purpose of the UserAssist registry key is not officially documented.

The registry key references execution of programs with a graphical interface, installed or from a portable executable, and, starting from Windows 7, shortcuts execution.

Information of interest

One or two main registry subkeys can be found depending on the Windows OS version:

  • On Windows Xp: {75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEACF9} linked to execution of executable files.

  • Starting from Windows 7:

    • {CEBFF5CD-ACE2-4F4F-9178-9926F41749EA} linked to execution of executable files.

    • {F4E57C4B-2036-45F0-A9AB-443BCFE33D9F} linked to execution of shortcut files.

Each execution is associated with an entry that contains the following notable information:

  • Full path of the executed program / shortcut (as the value name, encoded in ROT13).

  • Sometimes, the timestamp of the last execution (in the binary value data).

  • An unreliable run counter and focus count and time (in the binary value data).


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