find Date of Hardware Install

August 23, 2009 at 02:38:33
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, I am trying to find out when a specific device, an
internal pci 56k modem, was installed in this machine. Is
there a way to find this information using device
manager? or would I have to use third party software? Is
it EVEN POSSIBLE? Running Windows XP Home
Edition with SP3 installed. Thanks guys.

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August 23, 2009 at 04:40:17
Good question.

I think the only way you may be able to track it is if any third party software has been installed along with the hardware. Viewing the folder for that software using Windows Explorer to go to the root directory labeled programs and then the folder for the program there should be a date on the right showing when the program was last modified. That may or may not be definitive.

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August 24, 2009 at 08:41:58

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?

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August 26, 2009 at 03:23:17
ShamRock, can't answer your question, sorry. Perhaps you can find the answer in the Windows knowledge base @: ?
Ed in Texas.

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August 26, 2009 at 06:21:20
Ed, thanks, but I've spent houts n the MS knowledge base looking for answers like this one (in my years of tech support I've come up with about 4 or 5 flaws in windows 98/2k/xp. I usually exhaust all of my online knowlede sites (microsoft, manufacturers sites, forums, etc) and notes and books, and then write them off as unknown.

But although I came accross this problem a while back, I dont remember ever posting it on any of my forums. And the other day, I could have definitely used the date of a modem install, so I figured if anyone knew the answer it would be one of my buddies on I hadn't been on here in so long that I had to make a new login and all, but i appreciate the help, this forums always been a good group of dudes. Unfortunately microsoft just doesnt think of certain things throughout all of thier QA tests on windows.

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