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Windows Update - View Update History Details

How to View Windows Update History Details in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
11 Sep 2009
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How to View Windows Update History Details in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to view the Windows Update history details of all successful or failed update installations with the update's importance type and date installed in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

The Windows Update log file is located at C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log.

Note   Note
This tutorial assumes that you have already setup the Windows Update settings and installed updates before doing this tutorial.





Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Windows Update icon. (see screenshot below)
Windows Update - View Update History Details-control_panel.jpg
2. Click/tap on the View update history link. (see screenshots below)
Windows Update - View Update History Details-windows_update.jpg

Windows Update - View Update History Details-w8_windows_update.jpg
3. To View Details of a Single Windows Update
A) Select and right click on a listed Windows Update, then click/tap on View details. (see screenshot below step 4)

B) Click/tap on the More information link to see more detailed information about the selected Windows Update. (see screenshot below)
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C) When finished, click/tap on Close. (see screenshot above)

4. To Copy Details of a Single Windows Update to Clipboard
A) Select and right click on a listed Windows Update, then click/tap on Copy details.
NOTE: This will be the same details in step 3, but in a text format instead.

B) You can now copy the contents of the clipboard (CTRL+V) into a program like Notepad or WordPad.
Windows Update - View Update History Details-update_history.jpg
That's it,
Shawn




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03 Nov 2011   #1
adelara

Windows 7, 64-Bits
 
 

Yeah... that's it if you are looking for *one* or a couple of patches. It it really, really badly sucks not having an option to "Print All Updates" history - I need it for audit purposes.

While we can easily get in on Windows 2003, XP, etc this is not acceptable on Window 7

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03 Nov 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Adelara,

This may work for you for that.

How to Print the Windows Update history in Vista - The Winhelponline Blog

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 Aug 2012   #3
sle3pingz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

brink i want ask, sorry if i wrong threads, if my windows update it's failed or canceled , then i try again / try to update again, then that updated success , that windows update software will corrupt? sorry for the weird question ... here's the example ... several days i got some weird connection , and the update not smooth ~



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29 Aug 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello sle3pingz,

You will be fine. This is just a Windows Update history log letting you know what happened. The important part is that the update was successfully installed.
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29 Aug 2012   #5
sle3pingz

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

ok, Thanks Brink
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29 Aug 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome.
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