How to Get Complete Update History List of Your Windows 7 PC

Windows 7 users can get complete update history as a list format and this is a complete unknown feature of Windows 7. By the virtue of command prompt we can do it easily. Alternatively creating a batch file we can get the list of Windows updates at any time.

What is Windows Update? Windows update is a default Windows service that help you to keep yourself updated with latest file systems and drivers recently modified by the company. For example you bought a Windows 7 copy from Microsoft 3 Years before. If you are still running with that same operating system copy, then it is quite obvious that in between past three years many updates for Windows 7 users have been released and those updates have been released to improve the performance of your pc with that operating system.

Major updates are called service packs. Service Pack is nothing but a large collection of a updated files of a operating system. For example Windows 7 has a service pack copy which is called Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Similarly Windows XP is the more earlier version of Windows OS. So there would have been more updates available for a Windows XP users. So still now Microsoft releases three important and major updates for Windows XP and the last one is called Windows XP service pack 3.

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Is Windows Update Necessary?

As I already mention Windows Update is always necessary to keep Windows things up-to-date. You can go to Windows update centre by navigating Control Panel >> System & Security >> Windows Update >> Change Setting option. It is always recommended to allow Windows to be updated automatically. The below picture shows all the options you can set for Windows update.

But how can you find the complete log of updated files for your Windows Pc?

Method 1: Get Windows Update Log Using Command Prompt

You can use Windows 7 Updates log in a text file or as a html file using these following commands.

wmic qfe list brief /format:texttablewsys > “%USERPROFILE%\updates.txt”
wmic qfe list brief /format:htable > “%USERPROFILE%\updates.html”

Just run the below two commands and Windows updates log file will be created automatically and store in the following directory:

C:\Users\user name

Method 2: Use Batch File to Generate Windows Update Log Table

Download the below file and just double click to run it. You will find the created log files of your Windows Update either in a text file or in a html file.


Note: From the download link you will get a zip file. Some browser gives you warning message but don’t worry…. you can keep the file.

Hope this features guide you getting all the Windows update list from the beginning of your Windows installation.

Credit: Elizer Crespo

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