how find lifetime power on hours pc (not hard drive!)


  1. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 Pro Version 2004 Build 19041.572
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    how find lifetime power on hours pc (not hard drive!)


    As above. hard drives may be changed, so I want to know if there's another way of finding out how many years the PC has been used.

    A similar utility for monitors will be great too.
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    tententwenty said:
    As above. hard drives may be changed, so I want to know if there's another way of finding out how many years the PC has been used.
    A similar utility for monitors will be great too.

    As you say, hard drives can be changed, Windows could be reinstalled, so the Event Log isn't a reliable guide either. If you think about it, the only place such info could be stored (if it is at all) would be in the motherboard's firmware. If such a record is kept (which would be up to each manufacturer to decide) then it would only be seen somewhere in the bios. I can't say I've seen any bios that does so, but that doesn't mean there aren't any.

    No, I think the power on hours for the drive are the best you can get. You can get a good idea of whether it has been replaced (at least, for the major OEMs like Dell or Lenovo) by going to their support site and entering the PC's serial number. You should be able to see a list of how it was configured on delivery, which will include the make and model number of the original hard drive. If it still has the same one then it's a pretty good bet that it hasn't been changed.

    I knows for a fact that System One in my specs below still has its original hard drive so it's a good measure of how long the PC has been running too.

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    Likewise for monitors, whether or not the power on hours are recorded will be a manufacturer's decision, and would only be visible in the on-board settings menu.

    About the only type of peripheral I know of that does record such statistics would be printers - and even then power on hours isn't usually one of them - its usually the number and type of pages printed that's important.
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  3. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    You can found Windows installation time by executing systeminfo command from Command Prompt.
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  4. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    FreeBooter said:
    You can found Windows installation time by executing systeminfo command from Command Prompt.
    That only shows the installation date of 20H2 in Oct 20
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  5. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 21H1 (May 2021 build 19043.1083)
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    You can only tell by the hard disk. If this has been recently replaced, then it has fewer chances to fail than the original hard disk. You can also run a benchmark such as Burnintest to see the performance and health of the computer components. To see disk's health you can use Hard Disk Sentinel. To thoroughly test RAM use Memtest. For 3D performance use 3D Mark etc.
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