Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: How to keep the original date of a file created as is when it's copied

02 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
How to keep the original date of a file created as is when it's copied

To me if a started a file a week ago be it a Word Document, or whatever then last week is when it was created. If the day after I do something to that file than that day is the date when that files has been changed, or as Windows puts it, 'modified'.
What bothers me is if I now make a copy of this file, a simple cut and paste, for example, its Properties will now tell me that the file was 'created' today. Well NO it wasn't created today it was only copied today. And that though this newly copied file may have been 'created' today that is misleading. To me very much so. Let's face it should the original file be deleted for whatever reason there is now no evidence as to when this file was actually begun (unless there is actual text within the file stating so) only when it was last accessed or last modified. Files are moved from one folder to another or to another subfolder or to another computer all of the time.
Doesn't anyone feel something is wrong with this? It is something that has bothered me since the beginning of time. Anyhow, is there a way of stopping windows from doing this? This would imply one or both of two things -1- Have the "Date created" not change when something is copied OR -2- Have an extra entry in its properties saying "Original date created" or 'Date copied" or something to that effect.

(One would think that in this day and age of Identity theft, High-tech forgeries and high-tech CSI forensics such a detail would be important)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Apr 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 enterprise 64 bit, Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ,Windows 8 64bit

After a quick google search i found this it may be helpful it may not: How to preserve file attributes when one copies files in Windows? - Super User
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 How to keep the original date of a file created as is when it's copied

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
"Date Modified" changes on original file when copying
I spent some time searching the forums but did not find any post that answered my question so I am starting a new thread. Windows Explorer is changing my original file's date when I do a drag-and-drop copy operation. I would like to know how I can tell Win7 to not change the original file date.
General Discussion
Copied files change modified date
I've hit a showstopper in Windows 7 for which I have so far been unable to find a workaround. I maintain my websites by duplicating all updated files in my local public_html directory tree to a new location, and then using FileZilla to upload only those files to the web server. This has always...
General Discussion
Preserving date and time stamp on all files copied?
Hello, I have a new computer with Windows 7 on it - and I want to copy the files from my old computer to my new one. I'm looking at copying about 300 GB worth of data. When I copy all files and insert them onto my new desktop, I notice that all of the date/time stamps are changed to today's...
General Discussion
file date-created VS date-modified where modified < created
All -- Please help with this question about file date-created VS date-modified in Windows 7. Suppose a file is created at time1. How come Windows7 reports "date created" as "time1" and "date modified" as "time2" where "time2" is a time earlier than time1? See the attached file,...
General Discussion
File search (by date range) displays incorrect Mod Date in results
Searching for files modified in a specified date range (of the past 3 days) gets a search result list titled "date modified", and with the column heading "Date Modified" but the date listed against a file modified today is wrong. The date displayed matches the file creation date & is within the...
General Discussion
How to add "Date File Created"
I want to add a "Date File Created" to all the files on my computer like I did on XP, but can't find where to change the settings. Can anybody help with this. :confused:

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 14:33.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App

Windows 7 Forums