View Windows Update History

Sometimes when you install a Windows update a problem occurs and you might need to see the Windows update history. The Windows update history will show you what updates have been installed on your computer. It will also allow you to remove un-wanted updates.

How to open Windows Update in Windows XP and Windows Vista?

There are two ways to open Windows updates. The first way is to double click on the icon in the notification area. This icon will be noticeable when there are updates for your computer to download.

This screenshot shows the icon in the notification area in Windows Vista. In Windows XP the icon is a yellow triangle with a exclamation mark.

The other way to get to Windows Updates is to go to the start menu, then choose control panel, then double click on the automatic updates icon.

How to view your Windows Vista update history?

After you have opened the Windows Update window, as shown in the screenshot below, you can now proceed to view the update history. Simply Click on the link that says View update history.

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Now you will see a list of Windows Updates that have been installed on your computer as shown below.

How to Uninstall a Windows Updates on Windows Vista?

To remove a Windows update, when you are viewing the update history, click on the link Installed Updates.

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Below is a screenshot of Installed updates on Windows Vista. Now you can select an update by making it blue. Then an uninstall button will appear next to organize and view.

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View Windows Update History in Windows XP?

There is no update history for Windows XP, however you can see what updates you have installed on your computer by going to Add or Remove programs in the control panel.

  1. To see what updates you have installed on a Windows XP computer you need to go through a different process.
  2. Go to the start menu at the bottom left corner.
  3. Choose control panel from the menu.
  4. Find the Add or Remove programs icon and double click on it to open it.
  5. A list of installed programs will appear. To see Windows updates put a tick in the box next to Show updates.
  6. Now you will also see all of the updates that are on your computer.

How to uninstall a Windows Update on Windows XP?

To uninstall a Windows update from your Windows XP computer you must follow the steps above to see the updates that are on your computer. Then select an update and choose to remove it.


  1. Steve K says

    I have XP Pro am getting the Error Message Ox643 when I try to install .Net framework 1.0. I have been through all the fixes to no avail, this is frustrating. I have now .Net 2.0 installed and DirectX 2010 but still not .Net1.0 update [.Net 1,0 installed without any problems].

    I have a load of info on this problem, if you can help me out here that would be great. Much appreciated Steve K

  2. knev says

    After the windows patched my computer, the RDP stopped working, now it is very difficult to figure out which patch is casuing the issue.

  3. abraham lagat says

    i dont understand the updates in the xp control panel since they are represented by key numbers starting with KB. although i know the update name i want to remove, i dont know its key in the control panel does anyone know where to get the keys.

  4. siena says

    I am never able to watch videos, as it stops every 3 seconds, so I have given up. What do I do?

  5. Bob Price says

    Hi Mitz, Can’t help with an error message—didn’t get one!! That’s why I don’t know when this happened. Just noticed when wanted to check on an Update. About 150 listed Updates just disappeared. I suspect Microsoft have something to do with this via Automatic Updates. All my Updates are Custom Installed
    but somehow I must have re-enabled Auto install.Disabled again now. Need to get the whole list back —in History and in Add/Remove Programs.

    • says

      Hi Bob
      I think this can happen after installing a new service pack update…If the Update history is missing then the only thing you can do is go to “Go to Installed Updates” link then you can see what is installed.

  6. Bob Price says

    It is not correct to say there is “no Update History” for Windows XP! It has ALWAYS been been possible to “View your Update History” in Windows Update. All Installed Updates should be listed there!
    I have just recently noticed that my Update list before March 11, has suddenly disappeared–including from Add/Remove Programs.It also went from All Programs list–but I have got that back.
    How do I get the Update list back?– In “View Update History” and in Add/Remove Programs?
    All Updates are installed—Belarc Adviser proves that!