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-f0dder (January 05, 2008, 07:25 AM)
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Oh Yeah, That... (Duh!) I tend to be a bit retarded first thing in the morning.

Thank You.

Hi folks, new to here, but not IT. And a HW guy - don't do code - so I don't have much to contribute, but questions and observations.

I joined to comment on this program - I like it, first off and it works great on my XPPSP2 system. Thanks for providing it, Ralf.

But I have my dad's old XPHomeSP2, XP2500+ I built in November 2002 sitting in the dungeon of my basement crunching BOINC units, and it refuses to die - or even stumble. Note the discrepancies between Microsoft's Uptime (which is correct, BTW -  :D) and Windows Install Date "thingie" below:

Windows Install Date Thingie: I made it!

The Install date for that system is correct. However, last I checked, November 2002 plus 6 years 5 months equals May 2009 - I don't think we are there yet.

Also, it will be interesting to see what happens in ~33.6 hours (note the -2014 minutes) - I wonder how it knows I will reboot then? ;)

I look forward to V1.2.

Edit note - updated link to image - Digerati

welcome aboard, Digerati! :) just to let you know that Ralf is on a little break right now and we hope to see him back very soon.

hi Digerati* & welcome :)
from a page or two back

Yikes!  Something indeed is weird.

The first number (Install Date) comes straight out of the registry; I'm just reading the number and displaying it.  Reasons that number might be wrong for you (just guessing):

- Machine came from a vendor who pre-installed Windows years ago, then imaged it.  They build new PCs by installing the image.

- Some other app twiddled the registry setting in question for some mysterious and unknowable-by-man reason.

- Registry got "fixed" at one time in the past by restoring a backup from a registry cleaning tool, and the backup was from an old version.

The second number (alive time) comes from the WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) "last reboot" date.  Again, that's the number handed over by Windows when that value is requested.  A logical person might assume Windows is actually resetting that value upon startup, but I'm not certain of anything anymore...

I'll do some research on when WMI resets that value and see what I can learn.  Anyone with more WMI knowledge/experience than I please feel free to chime in.
-Ralf Maximus (November 06, 2007, 06:02 AM)
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* btw, do you happen to hang out/help at the castlecops forums?
just tried to go there for a look now but thing's moving incredibly slowly there at the mo


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