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#1 sec25


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 09:47 AM

I would like to ask you guys if you could tell me if you know of any way to check if my brand new PC has been booted before I boot it?(I haven't touched it yet)

1. I read sth about event logger which logs boot and shutdown times, but would that work if the system/PC was somehow reset?

2. You can check the Win installation too. Does it say the date? It comes installed so would it show me the date of the first time it or the PC was booted on a PC it came pre-installed on?

3. I read sth about checking BIOS?

Basically, I;m just asking if you know the surest way there is to check if my PC had been booted.

4. If it was just turned on and the setup didn't go all the way thru, would this show in event log on(during the first ever boot)?

Edited by sec25, 19 May 2018 - 09:52 AM.

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 05:49 PM

Are you more concerned that your 'new' laptop isn't new or tthat it has been interfered with ?


For the first, install Speccy (a free download via BC Downloads) and run it. This will give you the install date for the OS and, under the storage heading, the power-on count. With regards to the install date you need to remember that this will be the date the OS was installed in the factory and does not reflect time in transit and storage. You laptop may have been built anywhere from three to six months before you bought it.


As for your other concern, since this is a brand new computer which you haven't even started up yet, download a copy of Win10 from MS and do a complete full install. This will also have the advantage of getting rid of all the bloatware typically pre-installed on computers. We bought my wife a new laptop just recently and that is exactly what I did on it.


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