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Audit Process Termination

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 Termination, which determines whether the operating system generates audit events when an attempt is made to end a process.

Success audits record successful attempts and Failure audits record unsuccessful attempts.

If you do not configure this policy setting, no audit event is generated when a process ends.

This policy setting can help you track user activity and understand how the computer is used.

Event volume: Varies, depending on how the computer is used

Default: Not configured

If this policy setting is configured, the following event appears 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 process has exited.

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