How old is my computer?

Posted on 2006-04-04
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have been given the task of determining the inventory of computers for my company - one question is how old is each computer.

Is there someway to determine the approx age of the computer or maybe when it first had windows installed?

Question by:geedub1961
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    When it first had windows installed - look at the creation date of the Windows folder - WINDOWS for XP, WINNT for 2000/NT.

    If you have Dell systems and possibly other major brands, you can often look up the system information including the ship date by just referencing the serial number.
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    This is an interesting task. If these are name brand computers (Dell, Compaq, etc...) There may be a sticker on them with a date. One other thing you could look at would be the hardware itself. Sometimes certain parts will have dates on them. I would look at integrated parts first unless it is a Dell in which case you can go to the Dell Web site and type in the service tag number and it will say when it was purchased.

    If this is a custom build from a local shop, sometimes they will place a sticker inside the case so if the machine comes back for warrenty work they will know if it is qualified for free service.
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    Almost every major manufacturer maintains a database with system serial numbers, and data on that system.  For example, with a Dell service tag at, you can look up warranty info, original system configuration, ship date, invoicing, and all kinds of other stuff.

    There should be a sticker with the serial number/service tag on the computer somewhere.

    FYI, normally you access the database at
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    @geedub1961... provide the manufacturer, model #,and serial #. .and we'll look it up for you.. the fastest Expert wins! ;-)
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    If you use this free (for your personal use) utility, it will show you the BIOS date for each PC it's run on.

    Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit (version 7.1h)
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    If you start your PC look at the BIOS date, this is aproximently how old teh machine is.

    So this is the black screen at the beginign, may say press Del to get into setup
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    Author Comment

    Thanks - it seems there are many good ideas here, I will split points and give the first responder the accept.
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    cool. thank you!

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