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Determine Windows startup time via CMD

Short command, lots of information - systeminfo provides you with a lot of interesting facts.

There are several ways to get there, as is evident in the Windows world: Instead of displaying events, analysts use the command line as an alternative. The readout works even if you have deleted the event logs with the above tool. However, you only reveal the time of the last start-up. To call up the command line, press Windows-R and type cmd a. Put the following command in the window:


and confirm with the Enter key. Wait a few seconds for Windows to collect and present a lot of data. Then read off the information behind "System start time". In order not to have to search for the latter line, you can use another command:

system info | find "system start time"

Thanks to the parameters behind systeminfo (beginning with the pipe character "|") only the information on the system start time appears. Everything else saves you the command line evaluation.

Don't be surprised: The CMD boot value deviates from the start time that the event display lists under "Ready for operation" (event ID 100). And the event viewer shows different information in your individual 6009 entry list - this can be observed under Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. However, the three points in time are close together, so that the differences are mostly of no consequence.