How to View Programs Installed by the Date Installed in Windows Vista


The Microsoft Windows Vista operating system has a viewable and sortable list of all of the programs installed on your computer. From this list you can change or remove almost any program installed on your computer. The program list also has the added bonus of displaying the date on which a program was installed on your computer. This information can be helpful if you recently installed a needed program and can't locate it from the program list on the Start menu.

  • Click the "Start" button at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

  • Click "Control Panel" in the column on the right side of the "Start" menu.

  • Click the blue "Uninstall a Program" link in the "Programs" section.

  • Click the words "Installed On" in the horizontal gray bar at the top of the program list. You may need to expand the "Programs and Features" window to see this column, as it can be hidden in the default view on some monitors. Clicking "Installed On" one time will sort the list so that the most recent installations are at the top of the list, and clicking it twice will sort the list with the oldest programs first.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also view installed updates, as well as the dates of those installations, by clicking the "View Installed Updates" link in the column on the right side of the "Programs and Features" window.


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