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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       06 May 2017 #10

    Steve C said: View Post
    See Nothing Listed in Update History

    My update list was blank after turning off/on metered connection. Is this normal? Four updates have since come through and appear on the list.

    Hello Steve, :)

    I've noticed that the update history clears itself after each new build release.

    As a test in build 16188, I toggled my Ethernet connection on/off as metered, but it didn't clear my update history.
    Last edited by Brink; 06 May 2017 at 10:14. Reason: added quote
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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       06 May 2017 #11

    I've routinely used a metered connection since the original 10240 release. Far from clearing the update history it actually gets two entries for each update - the first a failure when it discovers it can't download over the metered connection, the second a success when you let it download.

    Update history starts with a clean slate if you do an in-place upgrade, even if it's to the same edition you had before. It will also be empty after you do a System Image Restore, though they will all still be listed in 'uninstall updates'.
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  3.    04 Dec 2017 #12

    Just noticed that "View installed update history" in "Settings" is showing a bunch of updates for Office 2002 were successfully installed and the updateds don't even exist. One of them is SP3 and that is wrong because I have SP3 and will not install it because of a bug that will not allow ActiveX controls to be put on a worksheet so I have the update hidden with Windows "Show or hide updates" utilities.

    Now I just got a notice to install an update for Office 2010 that I don't even have installed.
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  4.    27 Jul 2018 #13

    See Belarc Advisor Definitions?

    Various Office 2010 updates are reported as missing and are not listed under Installed Updates. However, a manual installation of any missing update fails since Windows reports it is already installed. The missing updates seem to be installed but are missing from the Installed Updates list. Can this list be reset with the correct information?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       27 Jul 2018 #14

    Hello Steve,

    You could reset Windows Update, but it will clear its history instead of restoring it.

    Does running the wmic qfe list command for hotfixes in an elevated command prompt list any of them?
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  6.    27 Jul 2018 #15

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Steve,

    You could reset Windows Update, but it will clear its history instead of restoring it.

    Does running the wmic qfe list command for hotfixes in an elevated command prompt list any of them?
    That command only lists 4 MS Windows updates which do appear in the Installed Updates List. I do have 92 updates listed in Installed Updates for Office 2010. These don't include those Office 2010 updates reported as missing by Belarc Advisor yet they are clearly installed. Perhaps using Wise Disk Cleaner has screwed up something?
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       27 Jul 2018 #16

    It's possible if it deleted registry keys/values.
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  8.    20 Nov 2018 #17

    PowerShell script to view Update history

    Following a reset to the Windows Update in my system, I ended up with an empty Windows Update History.

    Using Option One of the tutorial, I get an empty Settings “View update history” screen.
    Using Option Two, it only shows updates that can be uninstalled and of course no update history of the Windows Apps (UWP) and no Windows Defender history.

    There are a couple of things, that must be clarified regarding Windows Update history.
    • Update history is cleared after installation of a Feature Update.
    • Windows keeps the history in its own database files, located in %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
    • Every Windows Update creates an event, which is stored in the Event logs of the system.

    Having those in mind, I tried to retrieve the history from the Event logs of the system, since the Windows update history kept in %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore was wiped out as a result of the forced reset.

    So I created a Custom view, based on the idea/suggestion of @Cliff S

    This custom View can be opened in Event Viewer, to see all installed updates.
    The difference with this new Custom View (as opposed to the one proposed by Cliff) is that it is a lot more compact, as it uses a different event log and shows only the succeeded installations of the updates, including the Windows store Apps.

    Taking it a step further, based on that custom view, I created a PowerShell script to produce a list of all created updates, sorted by KB number in one screen, so you don’t have to go looking for updates one by one, as it’s done in the Event Viewer.


    1. Download and Save the script file to your desktop.
    2. To unblock the file, Right click on the script file, and click on Properties. In the General tab, check the Unblock box at the bottom, and click on OK.
    3. Open PowerShell as Administrator
    4. Type the command:
      Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process
    5. To get a list of all installed updates, type the command:
    6. If you want to save the output for future use, type the command:
      .\Get-InstalledUpdates.ps1 | Out-File .\InstalledUpdates.txt
      That command will create a txt file on your Desktop with all the installed updates.

    The script has one prerequisite. That your “System” events log has not been cleared, since the last Feature Update. If it is, then both the Custom view and the PowerShell script will show the updates installed from the last event log cleanup!

    To make it more versatile, except from the Event logs, the script also looks in the Windows Update database files and presents the list of updates, either from the Event logs or from the Windows Update database, whichever contains the more detailed data .

    It’s worth noting that the time in the Windows Update history is kept in UTC, whereas the time in the Windows Event logs is kept in your PC's local time, as shown in the following screenshot.

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    That’s it!
    HTH someone.
    Last edited by ddelo; 21 Nov 2018 at 06:31.
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