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How To Check Windows Uptime?

For those who are using or familiar with Linux know there is a simple uptime command to check how long the system has been running since the last boot-up to the time of executing the uptime command.

How about Windows OS? Does Microsoft provides a simple command to check Windows OS uptime at a glance? Well, there is exactly a Windows uptime program, but it is not with the default Windows installation.

So, you have to download the Windows uptime.exe and save it to Windows system folder or one of the folder defined in the PATH environment variable (at Windows command prompt, type echo %PATH% to check).

According to KB232243, uptime.exe requires at least Windows NT 4 SP4 and up to Windows 2000 Professional.

Nevertheless, it’s working on Windows Vista SP1 as well. The only problem with my Vista SP1 is when the server service is stop or not running, it fails with message that says, “UPTIME was unable to connect to host”:

Windows uptime command fail if the server service is not started or not running.
Windows uptime command fail if the server service is not started or not running.

For people who believe fewer programs are better (like me), you could refer the alternative, built-in functions to check Windows uptime:

net statistics – At Windows Vista Command Prompt window, execute any one of these commands:
net statistics workstation | find "since"
net statistics server | find "since"
net stats work | find "since"
net stats svr | find "since"

systeminfo – Again, at Windows Vista Command Prompt window, execute this command (the Time keyword is case-sensitive):
systeminfo | find "Time"

Windows Task Manager – For Windows Vista SP1, the Windows Task Manager inbuilt the most straightforward Windows uptime statistics that everyone can tell at a glance:

Using Windows Vista Task Manager to check Windows uptime statistic.
Using Windows Vista Task Manager to check Windows uptime statistic.

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