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Enable/Disable Last Access Timestamp in Windows

From Windows Registry 1. Click Start – search “regedit” (Windows 2000/XP/2003 Start – Run – regedit) to launch Windows Registry Editor. 2. In the left-pane, navigate to the following registry key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem] HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SYSTEM \CurrentControlSet \Control \FileSystem 3. In the right-pane, double-click “NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate” and set its value to “0“. This key doesn’t exist by default in Windows XP,2003 and earlier, so in the right-pane right-click and select New – DWORD and name it as “NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate” and set its value as “1“. When required to disable it, simply delete the key or set it to “0″ 4. Restart the system for the changes to take effect.