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How to check Windows Update history on Windows 10

How do you check what updates are installed on Windows 10? The best answer, use the Settings app, Command Prompt, or PowerShell — here's how.

View full list of Windows 10 updates installed on PC

On Windows 10, you can use “update history” to see a list of updates installed on your computer in those cases when you want to check if a new update was installed successfully or failed to apply. The Windows 10 update history can also come in handy when you want to know more about a recently installed quality update. Or 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, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

Check Windows 10 update history using Settings

To view the Windows 10 update history, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 10.

  2. Click on Update & Security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click the View update history button.

    View update history option on Windows 10
    View update history option on Windows 10
  5. Check the recent history of updates installed on your computer, including quality updates, drivers, definition updates (Windows Defender Antivirus), and optional updates.

    Windows update history in Settings app
    Windows update history in Settings app

Once you complete the steps, you’ll have a better understanding of the successfully installed updates, as well as those updates that failed to install.

If an update failed to install, you’d notice an error code message, which you can use to research online to determine the reason and the steps to fix the problem.

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

If you click the link for each update, you will be redirected 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.

Check Windows 10 update history using Command Prompt

View history list of Windows 10 updates using Command Prompt: 

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt and click the top result to open the app.

  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 KB number, typing the following command and pressing Enter:

    wmic qfe | find "4598299"
  4. Check the Windows Update history of your device.

    Check Windows Update history with vmic qfe list command
    Check Windows Update history with vmic qfe list command

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:4598299 /quiet. Remember to change “4516115” with the KB number for the update you want to uninstall.

Check Windows 10 update history using PowerShell

Alternatively, you can also use the Microsoft PSWindowsUpdate module to manage updates through PowerShell.

To see the history list of updates installed on the computer, use these steps: 

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to install the PowerShell module to update Windows 10 and press Enter:

    Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate

    PSWindowsUpdate
    PSWindowsUpdate
  4. Type A to accept and install the module and press Enter.

  5. Type the following command to view a list a of the 20 most recent updates and press Enter:

    Get-WUHistory | Select-Object -First 20

    PowerShell installed updates command
    PowerShell installed updates command

Once you complete the steps, the device may need to restart to complete the process. In the command, you can always change 20 for the number of updates you want to see in the list.

The PSWindowsUpdate module also allows you to install updates and uninstall patches causing problems after a Patch Tuesday rollout.