How to Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10


The Last Access Time stamp displays an updated time each file and folder on a NTFS volume was last accessed.

In the System Managed mode, the NTFS driver can enable or disable the “Last Access” updates during the boot (in particular, when the system volume is mounted). The “Last Access” updates are enabled for NTFS volumes when the size of the system volume (which is usually mounted as the “C:” drive) is 128 GB or less. If the system volume is larger, then the “Last Access” updates are disabled.

In the User Managed mode (recommended), the status of the “Last Access” updates isn’t modified by the system during the boot. "Last Access" will stay enabled or disabled as you set.

Value Description
0 User Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled
1 User Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled
2 (default) System Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled
3 System Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled
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Having the Last Access Time stamp enabled on an older or slower computer may cause file access to take longer.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the NTFS Last Access Time stamp updates for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the Last Access Time stamp.

This tutorial is only valid in Windows 10 version 1803 and higher.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates using Command
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates using a REG file


EXAMPLE: Last Access Time stamp

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Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10

Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates using Command


1. Open an elevated command prompt or elevated PowerShell console window.

2. Copy and paste the command below you want to use into the elevated console window, and press Enter.

(User Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled)
fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 0

OR

(User Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled)
fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 1

OR

(Default - System Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled)
fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 2

OR

(System Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled)
fsutil behavior set disablelastaccess 3

3. Close the elevated console window.

4. Restart the computer to apply.






Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10

Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates using a REG file


The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem

NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate DWORD

80000000 (hex) = User Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled
80000001 (hex) = User Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled
80000002 (hex) = System Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled
80000003 (hex) = System Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled

1. Do step 2 (user enabled), step 3 (user disabled), step 4 (system enabled), or step 5 (system disabled) below for what you would like to do.


 2. User Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

User_Managed,_Last_Access_Updates_Enabled.reg

download


 3. User Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

User_Managed,_Last_Access_Updates_Disabled.reg

download


 4. System Managed, Last Access Updates Enabled

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

DEFAULT_System_Managed,_Last_Access_Updates_Enabled.reg

download


 5. System Managed, Last Access Updates Disabled

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

System_Managed,_Last_Access_Updates_Disabled.reg

download

6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

8. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

9. Restart the computer to apply.

10. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn