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 to apply. Also, the Windows 10 update history can come in handy if you want to know more information about a recently installed quality update, and when one of them is causing issues and you need to uninstall it.
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
Use these steps to check the history of updates installed on Windows 10:
Open Settings on Windows 10.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the View update history button.
Check the recent history of updates installed on your computer, including quality updates, drivers, definition updates (Windows Defender Antivirus), and optional updates.
Once you complete the steps, you’ll have a better understanding on the successfully installed updates, as well as those updates that failed to installed.
Also, if an update failed to install, you’ll notice an error code message that you can use to research online to find out the reason and the steps to fix the problem.
If you click the link for each update, you’ll be directed to a Microsoft support website, which will offer more insights about the changes, improvements, and known issues (if any) about 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 check Windows 10 update history using Command Prompt
Use these steps view a list a recently installed updates on your device using Command Prompt:
Search for Command Prompt and click the top result to open the app.
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 KB number typing the following command and pressing Enter:
wmic qfe | find “4516115”
Check the Windows Update history of your device.
After you complete the steps, 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:4516115 /quiet. Remember to change “4516115” with the KB number for the update you want to uninstall.
Update September 27, 2019: Originally published on February 2017, reviced in September 2019 to make sure the information is accurate.