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Windows 8: Find How Long Your System Has Been Running

If you’re a user to keeps their computer on all the time, it’s important to find out how long it’s been running. This way you determine if you need to do a restart or power it down for a while.

Previously I showed you how to find the up time for Windows 7, Vista and XP. Here’s how to find the up time of your Windows 8 system – things have changed a bit.

If you’re on the Desktop hover the mouse pointer in the lower left corner to get a Start tile and right click on it to get the Power User menu. From the Menu select Task Manager.

power user menu

Alternately, if you’re already on the Metro Start screen, hove the mouse pointer in the lower left corner, right click and select Task Manager.

power menu from Metro

The new Windows 8 Task Manager utility comes up. Select the Performance tab, CPU and at the bottom, the amount of Up Time for Windows 8 displayed.

new task man

That’s all there is to it in Windows 8. This works with windows 8 tablets too.

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6 Responses to Windows 8: Find How Long Your System Has Been Running

  1. Jeremiah Springfield April 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    The new Windows 8 task manager is amazing.

  2. Brian Burgess April 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    Yup. A lot more feature rich than previous versions.

  3. Diego January 30, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    If I shut down the computer the Up time resets?, or only if i restart the system?

    • Brian Burgess January 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      Yup. It will reset when you restart your system.

  4. v June 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    thank you.

  5. Marco Aurélio March 23, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    My task manager doesn’t have that feature, it doesn’t show the system uptime. Do you think I’ve gotta update do win 8.1?

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