Easily Determine Windows Uptime in Vista or XP

Uptime is a measure of the time your computer system has been powered on and it was running. Therefore Uptime refers to the amount of time your computer has been running since the last reboot.
Determining Windows uptime is quite easy for both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

In order to track the uptime in Windows Vista you will need to open up Task Manager by right clicking the Taskbar and then selecting Task Manager. Once the Task Manager has opened click on the Performance tab and you will see the uptime listed under the System section.

Another method for checking Windows uptime in Vista is through the Command Line. Enter CMD into the search box in Vista and press Enter. Now you will see the command prompt appear in front of you where you should enter the words “systeminfo” and then hit the Enter key.  Although what it shows is not the uptime you see in the Task Manager but it tells you when was the last time the system was booted up.

In order to determine the uptime in Windows XP you need to go to the Start menu and click on Run. After this a window will appear where you will need to type in the words “CMD”. After clicking OK the command prompt will appear where you will need to write “systeminfo” and then hit the Enter key. In the list which will appear you will be able to see the uptime listed in days, hours, minutes, and seconds respectively.

Uptime is often used to know the consistency and steadiness of a computer system because the time represents the time a computer can be left unattended without crashing, or needing to be rebooted for administrative or maintenance purposes. Long uptime may indicate heedlessness, because some important updates can require reboots on some platforms.

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