When was a program or app installed in Windows?

Some of our readers asked how they can find out when a certain Windows program or app was installed on their computers and/or devices. This is a legitimate question so we thought that it was worth a bit of research to find the right answer. In this article we will show you how you can determine when a desktop or a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application was installed in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Let’s get started:

When was a desktop program or app installed in Windows 10?

If you’re using Windows 10 and you want to know when you installed a certain desktop program or Universal Windows Platform app, the easiest way to do it is via the Settingsapp. Start by opening it: click or tap on its shortcut from the Start Menu, or by following any of the methods we described here: 9 Ways to open the Settings app in Windows 10.

Then, in the Settings app, click or tap on System.

On the left side of the window, select Apps & features.

After a short while, the right side of the window will be populated with all the desktop programs and apps you have installed on your Windows 10 computer or device.

Scroll until you find the program or app that you want to know when you installed. Then, look at the information displayed on its right side. There, you’ll see its size and the date of installation. For example, in the screenshot below, you can see that I installed Microsoft Office 365 on 12/29/2016. It’s as simple as that!

Neat, right? But wait! There are also other ways to see when a certain desktop program was installed, and it involves using the old Control Panel or the Windows/File Explorer. Read the next section of this guide and you’ll see what they are. However, be warned that these methods don’t work for modern Universal Windows Platform apps - they only work for traditional desktop programs. On the other hand though, they work in all modern versions of Windows: 10, 8.1 and 7.

When was a desktop application installed in Windows (10, 8.1 or 7)?

If you want to see when a desktop program was installed, there are two quick methods you can use. First, open Programs and Features or the old Add or Remove Programs. Do this by going to “Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features”.

In the list of installed applications, look for the one you want to verify and select it. Then, on the right, you will find the Installed On column. Look for the date mentioned in this column.

The second method is to open File Explorer in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, or Windows Explorer in Windows 7. Then, go to the Program Files folder and look for the subfolder where the program was installed. Right click on one of the details columns from the top and, in the menu displayed, select Date created.

The Date created column is where the installation date is mentioned.

When was a universal app installed in Windows 8.1?

If you are using Windows 8.1 and you want to learn when a certain app was installed, first open the Store. If you need some help to learn how to use it, read this tutorial: Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide to the Windows Store.

In the Store, click or tap on Account at the top of the screen. Then, click or tap My apps.

A list with Windows 8.1 apps is now shown. At first, the Store displays the apps you purchased but have not installed on the PC you’re using right now.

To filter the list, click or tap the apps drop-down list. Then, select the apps installed on the computer or device you are using right now.

Now all the apps that were installed on it are shown, including apps which may no longer be installed. For each app you can see its name, the "purchase" (even free apps are listed as purchased) and installation date, as well as its current status: installed or not installed.

That’s it! Now you know when any app was installed.


We hope you found these tips useful. If you know other ways to see when a program or app was installed, don’t hesitate to share them in a comment below. They will surely be useful to other readers and to us.