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How to check update history on Windows 10

Know exactly which updates are installed on your Windows 10 device.

Update history on Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can use “update history” to see a list of updates installed on your computer in those cases when you simply want to check if a new update installed successfully (or failed). Also, the Windows 10 update history can come in handy if you want to know more information about an update, and when one of them is causing issues and you need to uninstall.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to view the update history of Windows 10 using the Settings app and Command Prompt.

Note: If you want see all updates that have been released for Windows 10, including preview builds, check out the Windows 10 version release tracker guide.

How to check Windows 10 update history using Settings

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the Update history link.

    Windows Update settings, Update history
    Windows Update settings, Update history

Inside the “Update history” page, you’ll find the most recent updates. Every update will include the timestamp of when it was installed, and whether it has been applied successfully.

Windows 10 update history settings
Windows 10 update history settings

If you click the link for each update, you’ll get a brief description with a More info link to see exactly what’s included with that particular update.

Microsoft hasn’t completely moved all the update settings to this app, which means that if an update is causing problems, you’ll need to click the “Uninstall updates” link to open Control Panel to remove it.

Control Panel, uninstall Windows 10 updates
Control Panel, uninstall Windows 10 updates

How to view Windows 10 update history using Command Prompt

You can view Windows 10’s update history using Command Prompt using the following steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt and click the result.

  3. Type the following command to view the update history and press Enter:

    wmic qfe list

    If you want to find a specific update, you can use the its KB number typing the following command and pressing Enter:

    wmic qfe | find “3199986”

    Once you run the command, you’ll get a list with a link to the Microsoft support website to know exactly what’s included with the update. You’ll also see when the update was installed, description, hotfixid (KB number), and more.

    wmic qfe commands
    wmic qfe commands

Additionally, if you want to uninstall a specific Windows 10 update using Command Prompt, you can use its KB number and run this command: wusa /uninstall /kb:3199986 /quiet. Remember to change 3199986 with the KB number for the update you want to uninstall.

Originally published on February 2017, updated on August 2017.