Audit Security State Change

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2016

Audit Security State Change contains Windows startup, recovery, and shutdown events, and information about changes in system time.

Event volume: Low.

Computer Type General Success General Failure Stronger Success Stronger Failure Comments
Domain Controller Yes No Yes No The volume of events in this subcategory is very low and all of them are important events and have security relevance.
This subcategory doesn’t have Failure events, so there is no recommendation to enable Failure auditing for this subcategory.
Member Server Yes No Yes No The volume of events in this subcategory is very low and all of them are important events and have security relevance.
This subcategory doesn’t have Failure events, so there is no recommendation to enable Failure auditing for this subcategory.
Workstation Yes No Yes No The volume of events in this subcategory is very low and all of them are important events and have security relevance.
This subcategory doesn’t have Failure events, so there is no recommendation to enable Failure auditing for this subcategory.

Events List:

  • 4608(S): Windows is starting up.

  • 4616(S): The system time was changed.

  • 4621(S): Administrator recovered system from CrashOnAuditFail.

Note  Event 4609(S): Windows is shutting down currently doesn’t generate. It is a defined event, but it is never invoked by the operating system.