The Windows Update history allows viewing which updates were installed in your OS and the time when they were installed. It is possible to uninstall an update if it causes issues. Sometimes you may want to clear the update history. In this article, we will see how it can be done.
Windows 10 comes with a special service called "Windows Update" which periodically downloads update packages from Microsoft's servers and installs those updates except for metered connections. If it is not disabled in Windows 10, the user can manually check for updates at any moment.
Note: Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update, updates required to "keep Windows running smoothly" will be automatically downloaded even if a connection is set as metered. See these articles:
- Windows 10 will download updates over metered connections
- Microsoft explains updates over metered connections
Microsoft releases cumulative updates on every second Tuesday of the month. That day is known as Patch Tuesday. Critical updates can be released any time. Also, non-security, out of band updates are sometimes release later in the month, in the fourth week.
To clear Windows Update history in Windows 10, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Now, follow the instructions below.
To clear Windows Update history in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open an elevated command prompt.
- Type or copy-paste the following command:
net stop wuauserv
This command will stop the Windows Update service. See How To Start, Stop or Restart a Service in Windows 10.
- Type or copy-paste the next command:
This command will clear the Windows Update log used for storing Windows Update history.
- Now, start the Windows Update service again:
net start wuauserv