Windows Uptime

Q: Why doesn’t windows come with a built in uptime utility?
A: Because windows uptime is to short to be measured in a meaningful way.

All jokes aside, why do I have to go through the trouble of typing:

systeminfo | find "Up Time"

and then waiting 30 seconds as the application is gathering system data, just to find out how long was the friken server running? There should be an easy, painless way of getting this info without the 30 second lag. Sigh…

It seems that once upon a time Microsoft did support an application called uptime.exe for the NT 4.0 platform, but it is no longer available for download (note how the download link loops back to the knowledge base article). Why is that tool not included in current Windows releases is beyond me. It just makes no sense. Can someone explain to me why did they take it out?

[tags]windows, uptime, time, cmd, commands, systeminfo[/tags]

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5 Responses to Windows Uptime

  1. Dan Geiser UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Probably because they realized it was useful so they included it as part of something else you have to buy. Here’s a link to the NT version…

    which may work on Win2k+

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Thanks! Sorry for the edit, but long links mess up my layout :)

    I tested it and it actually does works in WinXP.

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  3. Dan Geiser UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Edit away. I didn’t mean to mess up your layout.

    At my old job we automatically ran uptime.exe (as a scheduled task) at 12:01am on the first of every month to verify our uptime guarantee. I knew I had to track down a copy of it back then so I figured it was out there somewhere.

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  4. sajestanus UNITED STATES Konqueror Linux says:

    If you’re worried about uptime, why are you running windows? Linux has better uptime after you have it set up. I just got done installing slackware 12, so my uptime got reset :(.

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  5. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Games. :P I always have one windows box in the house for games. Other machines run Linux.

    Mostly I look at uptime to see when was the last time the damn machine crashed.

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