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.
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
I updated the article to include your very efficient command pair. Thanks! =)
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?
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.
Wouldn't checking the C:\Windows folder creation date be good as well?
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.)
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.
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.
i had the same prob. so tnx for clearing this:)
- 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.
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