jfitzpatrick at November 12th, 2013 08:10 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/174997/ask-htg-how-can-i-check-the-age-of-my-windows-installation/
Curious about when you installed Windows and how long you’ve been chugging along without a system refresh? Read on as we show you a simple way to see how long-in-the-tooth your Windows installation is.
mjso74 at November 12th, 2013 14:57 — #2
I have a specific command to add to the article.
type the following: systeminfo | find /i "install date"
This will return the original install date only
jfitzpatrick at November 12th, 2013 15:30 — #3
I updated the article to include your very efficient command pair. Thanks! =)
steeve24 at November 12th, 2013 17:04 — #4
Ok, but I started at Windows 7, then upgraded to 8, then to 8.1, my Install date is showing as 17/10/2013, I guess the date I upgraded to 8.1, would be better if we could find a way to show the original Windows Install date, not the upgrades?
jfitzpatrick at November 12th, 2013 19:02 — #5
That's a bit of a puzzle then, Steeve. I suppose you could go back and look at the file creation dates of certain files. Here are files I found on my computer (which, admitadly, is not upgraded to Windows 8) that were created the day I installed Windows 7:
You could also look in C:\Windows\inf\ and sort by date created. You'll have a huge block of .INF files created on 7/11/2009 (when those files were packaged for the public Win7 release) and then another big block of files after that with the date you installed Windows (as extra necessary files were downloaded). I have a block of 12 files created within 2 hours of the time I started the initial Windows installation.
chubbycheese at November 13th, 2013 08:36 — #6
Wouldn't checking the C:\Windows folder creation date be good as well?
viktring at November 13th, 2013 11:31 — #7
A wee problem; I tried both lines but the dos box with the answer disappeared in a fraction of a second, too quickly to read ... something wrong? Is there a fix?
(I've been having problems since I uninstalled Adobe Flash Player after seeing a security warning, but had to re-install it as it is used in so many ways. It now works only in Google Chrome browser but not in IE-Exp.)
tmlambert13 at November 14th, 2013 11:21 — #8
Hey Viktring, you'll want to run the commands in the actual Command Prompt window rather than in the Run dialog on Windows. If you run them in the Run dialog, they execute too quickly and you never see the output.
jfitzpatrick at November 14th, 2013 16:17 — #9
Strangely, no. The root Windows directory and a significant number of files within the Windows directory (such as the default Windows 7 wallpaper sets) all have a creation date of July 11 2009 which precedes my installation date by roughly 5 weeks. I have to assume that the July date was the last date anything was tweaked/created/moved before the installation package was finalized for the initial public Windows 7 release? It's a bit puzzling, frankly.
shira at November 14th, 2013 17:07 — #10
i had the same prob. so tnx for clearing this:)
art_teac at November 14th, 2013 18:30 — #11
bedlamb at November 17th, 2013 13:03 — #12
- Chrome browser uses it's own native flash player.
- Don't use IE browser.
- Sounds like your Adobe Flash Player isn't working.
- Sounds like you need to do some diagnostic checks on your PC.
jfitzpatrick at November 22nd, 2013 08:10 — #13
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