How to View Windows 10 Update History

Windows 10 regularly updates automatically in the background. You probably get annoyed when an update is installed and your system is restarted without knowing about it. But not all updates require a restart and you might not know one occurred. Here’s a look at how you can view Windows Update history.

View Windows 10 Update History

To get started, click the Start button and click Settings. Or you can open Settings by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I.

Settings Windows 10

When the Settings app opens up click on Update & Security from the menu.

Update History Page

Now on the “View update history” page, there will be a list of different types of updates. You will see the following:

  • Feature Updates: These are the major updates that typically happen twice a year. For example, at the time of this writing, the most recent feature update is version 20H2 October 2020 Update.
  • Quality Updates: These are regular updates that update various aspects of the operating system. Most of these updates are “under the hood” and improve quality and fix various bugs in the system. They roll out as cumulative updates and often are tied to “Patch Tuesday”. However, these updates can come at any time. Especially if there is a known zero-day threat to Windows 10.
  • Driver Updates: These are the updates that help improve the hardware in your system like the graphics card (GPU), Bluetooth radio, or soundcard, for example.
  • Definition Updates: These are virus definition updates that happen on a regular basis in the background and help improve Windows 10’s built-in virus and malware protection.
  • Other Updates: These are other miscellaneous updates that don’t fall into any of the above categories.

Just expand any of the categories to see what’s included. For example, here I expanded “Feature Updates” and can see the two most recent feature updates that were installed. And can see the date they were successfully installed. In this example, it is version 2004 aka “May 2020 Update” and version 20H2 aka “October 2020 Update”. To learn more you can click the “See what’s new in this update” link.

Here is an example of expanding the Quality Updates section of the update history section. This is where you will come to uninstall a cumulative update if they cause issues with your system or app. You can scroll through the updates and see the date it was installed. You can also click the link under the update to find out more about what it does. If you click a link under the update, a browser window will open up to Microsoft’s support website.

Summing Up

That’s all there is to it. When you are done with the updates section, just close out of the “Settings” window.

For more on Windows 10 updates, check out our articles on how to use Active Hours to avoid Windows Update restarts, how to create a shortcut to Windows Update, or how to create a shortcut to Windows Update.

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