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Windows start date

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by menace9, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. menace9

    menace9 Guest

    Hi everyone...

    My son has got in trouble with the police and we need to prove the date when we installed windows on his computer?

    Can anyone help me with this? (needs to be accurate)
  2. menace9

    menace9 Guest

    Sorry forgot to add...I got XP installed on it
  3. Jizmak

    Jizmak Regular member

    Dec 27, 2004
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    There is a file in C:\windows called "windowupdate.txt"
    This file dates the first time windows was updated on the computer.
    Most people will update as soon as the fresh OS is installed.
    Hopefully this will be the same for you.
    And will be good proof as to when the OS in question was installed.

    Sorry to hear about your troubles,
    Best of luck.

  4. menace9

    menace9 Guest

    Thanks to the above poster...

    But I dont know if this can be any help...as he uses Firefox

    And as the f..... Police have got it (for evidence) there is no real way to check if he used windows update before he started using firefox

  5. steimy

    steimy Active member

    Dec 2, 2004
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    windows update would have nothing to do with which browser he uses (Firefox or IE Explorer). It has to do with your Windows system updates that you do. As said above, most new installs of XP will be out of date as far as security updates and such. That means that it will usually start asking for updates the first time it finds an internet signal on that PC. So unless you turned off automatic updates, or just ignored them when the yellow shield icon poped up, then your first update should be within a few days of when you installed XP.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2008
  6. colw

    colw Active member

    Apr 25, 2004
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    SIW (Systems Information for Windows) will provide this information - look under Operating system or installed programs to get first installation dates (SIW is a free download)

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