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How can you tell how old your computer is?

Started 1274275082.183 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1274356132.88 by mima

Is there a way to tell what date you started using your new computer?

You know how time flies...I have no idea how long I've had my work computer and I'd like to know.

Thanks for any info.

Mima

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Disdatmac1274275312.3932544 PostsRegistered 12/6/2006New England USA

google is really helpful for something like this:

google.com/search?q=How+can+you+tell+how+old+your+computer

there are a couple of good articles that might help you find out.

I know on the Mac it's very simple, but I guess on a PC, its not so easy. Let us know which method worked for you!

:) debbie T

mima1274277285.84314801 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

Thank you.  I didn't even think about googling.  I'll check it out when I get to work.  I know I've had my printer for 4 years.  I had my computer before that, but I have no idea how long.

I need a new one and I'm trying to justify it.  LOL

Mima

Deuces Wild1274278118.9131587 PostsRegistered 7/20/2009

Can't you count the number of rings around the tower or does that just work for trees?{#emotions_dlg.crying}

Sorry, couldn't resist, but do agree that Google is always a good first place to search for just about any "how to" question.

Disdatmac1274287132.6372544 PostsRegistered 12/6/2006New England USA
On 5/19/2010 Deuces Wild said:

Can't you count the number of rings around the tower or does that just work for trees?{#emotions_dlg.crying}

Oh lord, that is too funny. thanks for the good giggle this AM!

:) debbie T

Deuces Wild1274300186.0071587 PostsRegistered 7/20/2009
Oh lord, that is too funny. thanks for the good giggle this AM!

Back at you!  It was just the first thing that entered my mind when I read the question Wink

mima1274301627.03314801 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 5/19/2010 Deuces Wild said:

Can't you count the number of rings around the tower or does that just work for trees?{#emotions_dlg.crying}

Sorry, couldn't resist, but do agree that Google is always a good first place to search for just about any "how to" question.

My tower has 6 1/2 rings around it.  Duh, I didn't think to look.  LOL

Actually I googled and figured it out.  I need a new one!

Mima

nutmeg31274313980.2235266 PostsRegistered 6/18/2007NJ
On 5/19/2010 mima said:
On 5/19/2010 Deuces Wild said:

Can't you count the number of rings around the tower or does that just work for trees?{#emotions_dlg.crying}

Sorry, couldn't resist, but do agree that Google is always a good first place to search for just about any "how to" question.

My tower has 6 1/2 rings around it.  Duh, I didn't think to look.  LOL

Actually I googled and figured it out.  I need a new one!

 You can check the date of BIOS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS.

A program called  Belarc Advisor will tell you the date of the bios. It will tell you the name of the processor in your computer. CPU's have a certain time frame when they were used. You can look that info up at intel or AMD.

rustee1274320893.037507 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts

If you run Windows:

you should be able to  get a good idea by going into your Control Panel/ System and Maintenance/Windows Update/View Update history.  I know I received my Dell at the end of May 07 and that is where my history starts.

 

 

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flycatcher­9101274332889.691575 PostsRegistered 10/5/2008

Hi Mima,

I use a PC, and if you are trying to find out basic information about it, like make and model and serial number, you can find it by going in to your computer's Control Panel, and then checking the system. To get there, you would go to your Window's Start button and click on that.

Once there in the Start menu box, you should see a section for Control Panel. Click on that. Then you should see a section for System. Then click on that. You should then see information for your computer's operating system, model number, manufacturer, etc.

Once you find it, you should be able to go to the manufacturer's website and see if your make and model are still being manufactured, etc.

mima1274355538.90714801 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS

Wow, thank you for all the wonderful info.  The one in question is a Dell.  Where I went showed it was 6 1/2 years old.  However, I don't know if that is when I started using it myself.

Rustee, mine is a Dell also.  I will do what you suggested when I go to work tomorrow and see exactly when I started using it.

Nutmeg, I think I'll also check out Belarc Advisory just for fun to see what all it has.  I don't even remember, but I bet it isn't good!

Thanks all!  Great info.

Mima

LeslieR1274355749.47316 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

If you have to ask then it is too old - that is DH's response with anything electronic and it's about right.  If you think it's time for a new one, you will most likely be amazed at what a new one will do.

Packaging is attractive, but never judge a book by it's cover - content is far more important.

france541274355910.6333239 PostsRegistered 1/29/2010

Smile You can go to "Computer information" and it will tell you everything about your computer.

Life is too short to sweat the small stuff!

mima1274356100.35314801 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 5/20/2010 LeslieR said:

If you have to ask then it is too old - that is DH's response with anything electronic and it's about right.  If you think it's time for a new one, you will most likely be amazed at what a new one will do.

 You are right.  I need one really bad I know.  I just can't make up my mind if I want a laptop or an all-in-one.  It is my store computer.  I have a serious computer for work and a play computer for home.

I guess I wanted to validate getting a new computer with a good reason.  That should do it!

Thanks.

Mima

mima1274356132.87714801 PostsRegistered 10/19/2004KS
On 5/20/2010 matty02 said:

Smile You can go to "Computer information" and it will tell you everything about your computer.

 
Where's that at?

Mima

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