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How to Find When Your System Last Restarted

Ever wonders how can you find when your laptop/desktop was last restarted?
Hibernate and sleep mode on Windows means you rarely have to shuts down your system.
There isn’t any real harm in letting it sleep through the night and every night all through the week.

It has a lot of advantages as you don’t have to wait for updates to install before the system shuts down, and you don’t have to wait for them to configure the next time you boot it. It’s also much easier to just close the lid or press the button (depends the power settings configuration of your computer) instead of shutting the computer down.

If you ever need to know when was the last time you last booted up your computer, below is a few methods how you can check.

From Network connections LAN or WiFi

The below works for all versions of Windows
In XP open Network Connections in XP (start/control panel)
In Vista or later versions open Network Connections (Start/Control Panel/Network and Sharing Centre/Manage Network Connections on the left)
Right click on the connected interface and click status.

The below printout is form a Win XP laptop (please note for the WiFi interface needs to be connected to a WiFi network)

lan_up_time_XP   wifi_up_time_XP

Task Manager

Open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Delete and then start task manager or Ctrl + Shift + Esc or Right Click the Notification Area on the Taskbar and then Task Manager) and go to the Performance tab (works in both Windows Vista and thereafter editions).
You will see a time listed against ‘Up Time’ which indicates how long your system has been running.

 taskmgr_up_time_W7   taskmgr_up_time_W8

Note in Win Vista and in Win Server 2008 for our case it goes into hours and the hours could go into the hundreds if you haven’t restart your system for a long time.

taskmgr_up_time_Vista taskmgr_up_time_W2K8

Command Line

Click the Start Menu, type “CMD” (without quotation marks) in the search bar and click cmd.exe under the program section. Next type in the following command and wait for the system to gather information.

systeminfo | find /i "Boot Time"

It takes a while to populate the result, but you will see the date and exact time for when the system was last booted up.


Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.

Update 20150601
Alternative options are:

net stats server


net stats workstation


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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