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Audit Process Creation

Published: July 3, 2013

Updated: July 3, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

This topic for the IT professional describes the Advanced Security Audit policy setting, Audit Process Creation, which determines whether the operating system generates audit events when a process is created (starts).

These audit events can help you track user activity and understand how a computer is being used. Information includes the name of the program or the user that created the process.

Event volume: Low to medium, depending on system usage

Default: Not configured

If this policy setting is configured, the following events appear on computers running the supported versions of the Windows operating system as designated in the Applies To list at the beginning of this topic, in addition to Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.


Event ID Event message


A new process has been created.


A primary token was assigned to a process.

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