How old is my Windows PC?

How to find out the age of a Windows Computer, Laptop or PC? Yes, a 3.5″ “Floppy-Disk-Drive” is a dead giveaway as to a computers age, popular in the 1990s and last made in 2009. Over the years your computer, PC or laptop may have been “upgraded” in a number of ways. Upgrades to the Operating System (Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Windows 10), RAM or memory, Disk Drive (storage), Graphics card etc. but it is generally the beating heart of the computer, its CPU (Computer Processing Unit) that determines its original age as it is unlikely the CPU would have been upgraded during the computers lifetime. How to find the likely age of a computer running on Windows 10 Use Windows “Systeminfo” command In search tab enter “Systeminfo” or run > cmd > systeminfo Other ways of determining a computers age When were the core folders created? In Windows Explorer goto the root directory C:\ and look at the dates of the sub folders. Most folders will be the same date as the last major windows upgrade but if the computer was migrated from an earlier version of windows, some of the folders may show a much older date. What Windows version was the computer shipped with? Look for a Windows 7, 8 or Windows Vista sticker on the side of a PC or underneath a laptop. Windows 7 Pro has not been available for purchase since 2018. Windows 8 not since 2015 and Vista not since 2010. Google the model or serial number Dell computers can have their age determined via the service tag or serial number https://www.dell.com/support/contents/en-au/category/product-support/self-support-knowledgebase/locate-service-tag Similarly for HP Computers https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03754824 If you determine the computer is 5 years or older, it is recommended to replace with a new model rather than upgrading.   Need more help? Covid-19 Update: Business as usual for workshop repairs, remote support and onsite support. If you live in Western Australia, and you need any kind of computer help, please bring your computer to us at 315 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, Western Australia or call us out. You can email us at helpdesk@itguyswa.com.au or call: 08 6118 2601  For instant remote control sessions, follow the instructions found on this page             Tags: age of computer, systeminfo, windows 10, windows 7, windows 8, windows vista