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.
- How to check Windows 10 update history using Settings
- How to check Windows 10 update history using Command Prompt
How to check Windows 10 update history using Settings
Click on Update & security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the Update history link.
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.
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.
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:
Search for Command Prompt and click the result.
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.
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.