Tracking down uptime in Windows XP

Have you ever wondered how long your Windows XP system has been running since the last reboot? If so, this handy Windows XP tip will show you how to find out your system's uptime.

With all the great features that Windows XP offers, do you ever find yourself missing features from the utilities in an older operating system, such as Windows 98? It may sound off-the-wall, but you might start feeling a tad nostalgic when you want to figure out how long your Windows XP system has been running since the last reboot.

Windows 98's System Information utility provided an Uptime value right in its main display. Unfortunately, that's not the case in Windows XP's version of System Information—at least not in the GUI version. However, it's still pretty simple to track down uptime in Windows XP.

If you open a Command Prompt and run the command-line version of Windows XP's System Information, you'll discover a detailed list of configuration information about Windows XP systems. This listing includes an item titled System Up Time, which lists how long your system has been running in days, hours, minutes, and seconds.

While it is nice to be able to obtain the uptime information in Windows XP, it can be a pain to sort through all the other details in a Command Prompt window just to find the System Up Time value. But with a bit of creative command-line programming that uses the piping technique and the Find filter tool, you can easily isolate the System Up Time value. Here's how:

  1. Open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Type the following command:
    Systeminfo | Find "Up Time"

Note: In this command, Up Time must be enclosed in quotes and must be initial uppercase.

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About Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

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