Disable Last Access Timestamp in Windows XP

In Windows XP whenever your PC reads a file it marks that file with times and dates when you accessed it last. Now if you often check back at these data for any reason than you should keep Last Access Timestamp enabled, but if you don’t then you can disable it.

By disabling it you will stop XP from marking everyfile with a timestamp and cluttering things up, I have given two options here to which disable your Last Access Timestamp.

Command Prompt

  • Open your cmd
  • Enter the following command
    • FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 1
  • Reboot your computer
  • To turn Last Access Timestamp back on just put this command back into your cmd
    • FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 0

Registry Edit

  • Open your registry editor
  • Navigate to this location
    • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
  • Add a new DWORD
    • NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate
  • Set the value to 1
  • Set the value to 0 if you want to enable it again

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