Any file in Windows has an integral attribute – the date it was created. If we downloaded the file from the Internet, then this parameter will show the time the information appeared on the computer. Any change to the file after opening it will lead to a change in the date – Windows will automatically make adjustments.
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This is an understandable process that users have long been accustomed to. It’s useful to know when this or that file was created. But sometimes such information is redundant and can be used by outsiders for certain purposes. So it’s understandable that some users want to change the date the file was created retroactively or to make changes inside the file itself so that it does not affect the date.
It turns out that there is no such functionality in Windows. You can try to change the system time and after that change the desired file. This method is not only not very convenient, but it can also lead to the inoperability of some programs. Not all applications can painlessly “go back in time.”
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How to change file creation or file modification date in Windows
Third-party solutions come to the rescue, for example, NirSoft’s BulkFileChanger, available for free download. Working with the program does not require special skills – you just need to run it (preferably on behalf of the Administrator) and open the file you need.
Next, in the application, select the file and select Actions → Change Time / Attributes or click on the button with the image of the clock on the toolbar.
A window will open in which you can change numerous parameters of the file, including the date of its creation, modification and opening. The available time frames are very wide. Enter the date you need and click “Do it”.
After that, Windows will display the already corrected file information.