How old is your Windows install?


How old is your Windows install?

  1. less than 1 month

    4 vote(s)
  2. 1-6 months

    10 vote(s)
  3. 6 months - 1 year

    5 vote(s)
  4. 1-2 years

    5 vote(s)
  5. 2+ years

    4 vote(s)
By SNGX1275 ยท 23 replies
May 25, 2004
  1. Was wondering how long ago you installed Windows on your main PC, I'm not talking about some comp you use on and off, or just have on all the time, I mean one that you use as your main comp. Obviously if you use an OS that isn't Windows this doesn't apply to you.

    I'm not asking this just as another thread to get 48 responses and nothing else, I'm asking because I have a bit of free time now and Windows and/or my ISP doesn't seem to like my dial up modem so I was thinking I could reformat my C drive and start clean with windows again and even attempt SP1 and VPN again. Everything else seems to be working OK on my comp, but I'm sure a clean start couldn't hurt anything...

    Anyway to answer the question the subject asks - I last installed XP on my main machine in Feb 2002, over 2 years isn't too bad I don't think.
  2. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Is there anywhere in Windows where you can view the Installed On date?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Topic Starter Posts: 10,742   +421

    Well it has to be stored somewhere, I know partially cause I remember, and mostly because the darkengine mIRC script tells me.
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,667   +987

    It took me a while to remember but I believe I made a clean install only a few months ago (January probably) when I bought a couple of new hard drives.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Things have changed since Windows 2000.

    I remember with 98 and Me, I was formatting and reinstall about every 2 weeks (quite literally)
  6. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

  7. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 536

  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    March, but there have been so many Windows Updates since the initial install, I can't say for sure if it's the same OS anymore.:p
  9. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    In Explorer or similar, click on the drive-letter of your OS. The date of the "Windows" or "Winnt" directory is your install-date.

    Mine is from 8 January 2003 (W2K/SP4)
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    How I remember well those pre-drive image win9x days. OK, office was buggier and ran slower, windows DID need reinstalling every weekend and sometimes something totally innocent looking would destroy my whole installation.

    But it was also during this time that I (and we) got:

    Tomb Raider
    The first Voodoo 3D Accelerators
    over 32MB of RAM
    3+ GB hard drives

    So it was a good time, I guess. It wasn't perfect but then nothing ever is.
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I wouldn't say thats the best way. I know this installation (here at school) is at most a couple weeks old, but the windows folder displays being created in 2002. And I doubt my date was set that far off.


    I usually reformat every 6 months or so anyway.
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Do they reinstall or just restore a ghosted install ( that might've been done in 2002 ) ?
  13. erickdj

    erickdj TS Rookie Posts: 69

    The last time I did a fresh install was March 18th 2004. The previous installation was done sometime in october 2003 when I put together the PC. I've run winXP installations for roughly 2 years, until they become so buggy and slow that I prefer wasting a few hours doing a fresh install.
  14. Greeno

    Greeno TS Rookie Posts: 281

    im on my works machine at the mo and it was 19th December, 2003... (it was quiet before christmas, so i reinstalled).
  15. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +455

    My install is new only because my main machine is pretty new. I'll have to check my previous main machine, but I'm sure that one is 1-2 years old.
  16. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    February 2002
  17. agent47

    agent47 TS Rookie

    i regularly format every 3 (to 1) months, not that i want to but bcos of all the crap i put my PC thru, windows slows down and you can just feeeeel the rubbish piling up in your registry. A format is always refreshing. driver installations and customizing windows back to your liking is a real pain.

    - Watch your language on these forums
  18. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    It's not even "they" who do it, I'm the sole controller of my computer. I built it at the beginning of the year. I even take the hard drive (it's in a 5.25" removable bay) home with me every day.

    Here at my home machine, it looks about right.
    It's dated Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 11:16:39 AM. So a little more than 4 months.
  19. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 492

    October 2003 - but its been booted only about ten times since then :)

    On my laptop its March 2004, as thats when HP decided to replace my HDD when it went in for a *motherboard* repair....
  20. ziplock2222

    ziplock2222 TS Rookie

    less then 1 month now, but thats because i just reformatted. I usually format every 3 to 4 months. I do alot of odd jobs for people (graphic stuff, video, programs), and i download alot of stuff. Its just easier than trying to clean through it.
  21. Goalie

    Goalie TS Booster Posts: 616

    My main desktop unit is 6 months, give or take.

    My main laptop is 1.5 years, but the linux partition on it is 1 month.

    What happened to the "I don't use Windows" option, anyway?
  22. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    Voted 6 months to 1 year, but that seems to be wrong...

    My Winnt folder was created on 27 november 2002.
    And I know that's the correct date, since it's the date I set up a dual boot with W98SE...

    Hey, maybe this install will set a new personal record and last two years? ;)
  23. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Mines around October 2003.
  24. smtkr

    smtkr TS Rookie Posts: 131

    I usually end up reformatting every 6 months (not on schedule, but that's usually how long it takes Windows to implode).
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