Finding out when Windows was installed is useful in a lot of situations. For example, if you buy a second-hand Windows PC and you’re wondering whether you should reinstall or not. Or when you buy one from a big box store for that matter, you never know when the OEM version was installed before it hit the shelves. Whatever the reason, here are two easy methods to find out the date of the installation.
Some would point to the installation date by simply looking at when the Windows directory was been created. That may seem logical, but if you’ve used a drive image to restore your Windows installation, this method won’t be accurate. The same goes if you used recovery media or partitions. You’ll just see the date when the directories in said image have been created. That is why, in most cases, you’ll need to use one of these alternate methods. And speaking of system images, check out our articles on creating one in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
First method: System Info
Run Command Prompt as Administrator.
Once the Command Prompt window is up, type: systeminfo | find /i “date” then hit Enter.
The Windows installation date will be shown. As you can see, in my case it is October 15 2012.
Second method: WMIC Command
The second method also involves using Command Prompt, so Run it as Administrator, just like before. And this time the command is different and involves something called WMIC Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). Type: WMIC OS GET installdate
As you can see in the screenshot below, the answer you’re getting is not as nice-looking as the one the System Info tool provides, but it still is accurate. Namely, the first six figures of the number are the install date – year, month, day.