Windows Update is a Microsoft service for the Windows Operating System which automates downloading and installing Microsoft Windows software updates over the Internet. While Windows updates can be beneficial. They can sometimes disrupt your existing system settings. That’s where checking your recent update history can help. Viewing the history allows you to figure out the problems caused by an update by checking its installation date and other useful details. In this article, you will learn how to Get lists of installed Microsoft Windows Updates. Please see the related articles: Check if Windows Updates were installed on your device via the Registry Editor, How to view and remove Remote Desktop connection history, and various methods to launch the Event Viewer.
Note: Regardless of the type of updates, be it quality or security patch. Windows keeps a tab on all the updates that are installed on your PC. Please see Process Explorer: Replace built-in Task Manager, and What are the merits and demerits of Local System Account and Service Logon Account.
Using Windows Built-in Tool-Windows Updates enables users can check for and apply Windows
Here is how to get a list of installed Windows updates via the Windows built-in tool. To do this, search for Windows Settings. Alternatively, type Windows Update in the search and select Windows Update Settings.
Click on the update history as shown below. Then you will see all the updates installed in history on your Windows 10, including Feature Updates, Driver Updates, Quality Updates, and Other Updates.
Note: For new OS installations, the updates are included during the installation process. They also do not appear in the update history under “Windows Updates”, but are visible as installed updates in the Control Panel as shown below.
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features\Installed Updates.
This will open Windows settings displaying installed updates.
Get lists of installed Windows Updates via the Command Prompt
The list of installed Windows updates can be viewed via the command line as shown below. Now, let’s see how to run them. Please see how to install the MDT PowerShell module on Windows, How to view installed packages in Cygwin in Windows, and “Windows Profile: How to determine your windows username“.
Option 1. WMIC Command to List Installed Windows Updates
Type cmd in the search box or via the run dialogue window as shown below to open a command prompt, Please be aware that you need the administrative privilege to run the command and as such, run as an Administrator.
Click the Start button and type cmd in the box. Alternatively, enter CMD into the Windows Search button and select Run as Administrator.
Step 2. Type
wmic qfe list full command to get all information about each hotfix installed on your computer.
Note: To save the complete output in a file, run the following command below.
wmic qfe list full /format:table > C:\Users\christian\Documents\UpdatesReport.html
If the full information is not required, you can run
wmic qfe list brief command.
wmic qfe list full /format: table command to format the output as a table so that it is easy to read and comprehend.
Option 2. Run Systeminfo Command
If you only want a list of knowledgebase update numbers, then you can use the
systeminfo command. To do this, follow the steps beölow.
Open the command prompt window.
Input systeminfo | find “KB” command and hit Enter button. Then you will see all Windows 10 knowledgebase updates number listed.
List List of Installed Windows Updates Via PowerShell
Windows Powershell is a powerful tool that can be used to access various services an administrator in Windows. Now, let’s see how to use this powerful tool to view Windows 10 installed updates. The list installed Windows 10 updates Powershell also enables you to get a list of Windows installed updates. Here is how to do this.
Type Windows Powershell in the search box and right-click it to select Run as administrator or via the run dialog window as shown below
In the pop-up window, type
get-hotfix command and hit the Enter button. Then all the hotfix installed files on your computer will be listed here and the installation date of each hotfix will also be shown.
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I hope you found this blog post helpful on how to Get lists of installed Microsoft Windows Updates. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section.