How-To Geek

Easily Determine Windows Uptime in Windows 7, Vista or XP

If you leave your computer running on a 24/7 basis you might be interested in determining the amount of uptime that has accumulated since the last reboot.  We can find this information in both XP and Vista and will take a look at both.

Track Uptime In Win7 or Vista

To find Vista’s uptime the graphical way just open up Task Manager by right clicking the Taskbar and selecting Task Manager.


Now with Task Manager open click on the Performance tab and you will see the amount of uptime listed under the System section.


For a more geeky method we can use the Command Line.  Just enter CMD into the search box in Vista and hit Enter.


This brings up the command prompt where you can enter in “systeminfo” (no quotes) and hit enter.  This does not bring up the actual uptime of the system but it does show the last time the computer was booted up.


For Vista there are also several gadgets on Microsoft’s Site that will allow you to monitor the uptime of your system.


Track Uptime In XP

To easily find the uptime in Windows XP go to Start Run type in CMD then click OK.

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This will bring up the command prompt where you will need to type in “systeminfo” without the quotes and hit enter.  It will take a couple of moments for the analysis to complete and get the results.  In the list you will see the uptime listed in days, hours, minutes, and seconds.


There are also several free third-party utilities for all versions of Windows that will calculate the amount of uptime and a lot more such as WinAudit.


Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 11/10/08

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