Yes, for finding dates on hardware items that were installed along with 3rd party software, I have always done exactly that, looked at the date of the software installation. This helps for things like Linksys Wireless Network Cards and devices like that which come with thier own 3rd party utility software packaged with the drivers.
What I was asking, is, was there any way IN DEVICE manager to find the install date of a hardware device, of any kind (hardware that DOESNT come with 3rd party software), such as a modem or a sound card? I would assume not, being that I am a tech and have never came accross such a setting, but i figured maybe i overlooked something? Anyway, i figured that somebody else probably had hit this roadblock before, like a tech or somebody in the field, and developed some sort of software to be able to access this information? Does anyone know of software that will show you this information? I know for a FACT that windows has this data encrypted and stored somewhere deep in the registry, microsoft is always saving date+times for every activity, especially changes to the configuration, its just a matter of where to find it and how to pull it out.
So yea, basically im just trying to find the date of installation for a modem installed in my desktop running windows xp home edition sp3. Does anybody know how I can access this information?