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Windows 7: Win7 - "View Update History" vs. "Installed Update"

18 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Win7 - "View Update History" vs. "Installed Update"

Hi --

I just migrated to a new hard drive and did a clean install of Win7 (did not have SP1 on the DVD).

During the Updating process, windows stopped working and I received an error, something about running Update again, etc. So I rebooted and finished the Upgrading further problems noted.

However, I view the "Installed Updates" and see that KB2604114 and about 20 other updates "FAILED." But when I view the "Update History," it lists KB2604114 and the others as "installed."

I'm confused. Are the updates I'm referring to "FAILED" or are they properly installed?


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18 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

In your description, you might have switched the observations.

"History" is a log that tracks attempts at installing specific updates. One user might have multiple failed attempts for a particular update; or multiple successful attempts if one was looking for a source of a problem.

"Installed updates" records the last successful installation of a specific update; no timestamp, just the date.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you. Based on what you've said, I can be confident that the updates were ultimately installed. It seems, though, that MS would would have entered on the HISTORY file the subsequent attempt and success, not merely the first attempt and failure.

Thanks again!
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