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Find Your Windows Upgrade History with PowerShell

Every time you perform a build upgrade in Windows 10, the operating system stores some bits of information related to previously installed operating system versions in the Registry. By fetching this info, you can see a list of builds that you installed to come to the currently installed version of the OS. This can be really interesting, especially if you have upgraded your Windows 7 or 8.1 OS to Windows 10 and then joined the Windows Insider Preview program. The list can be very long.

Here is a simple trick which will allow you to recall which versions of the OS you had installed on your computer. The information is stored under the following Registry keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Source OS (extra info here)

Each Source OS* subkey describes a previously installed Windows version. See the following screenshot.

Walking through these subkeys can be interesting, but takes a lot of time. To perform it faster, there is a nice PowerShell snippet which will populate a table with previously installed builds of the OS.

To find Windows Upgrade history with PowerShell, do the following.

    1. Open an elevated PowerShell window.
    2. Copy-paste the following command:
      $AllBuilds = $(gci "HKLM:\System\Setup" | ? {$_.Name -match "\\Source\s"}) | % { $_ | Select @{n="UpdateTime";e={if ($_.Name -match "Updated\son\s(\d{1,2}\/\d{1,2}\/\d{4}\s\d{2}:\d{2}:\d{2})\)$") {[dateTime]::Parse($Matches[1],([Globalization.CultureInfo]::CreateSpecificCulture('en-US')))}}}, @{n="ReleaseID";e={$_.GetValue("ReleaseID")}},@{n="Branch";e={$_.GetValue("BuildBranch")}},@{n="Build";e={$_.GetValue("CurrentBuild")}},@{n="ProductName";e={$_.GetValue("ProductName")}},@{n="InstallTime";e={[datetime]::FromFileTime($_.GetValue("InstallTime"))}} };

      Press the Enter key.

    3. Now, execute the following:
      $AllBuilds | Sort UpdateTime | ft UpdateTime, ReleaseID, Branch, Build, ProductName

      The snippet produces a very neat output. On my Insider Preview machine, it shows the following:

The first command forms the contents of the $AllBuilds variable. The second command sorts it and fetches the required fields to show. It can be really interesting for Windows 10 users to view their feature update history.

For users who came to Windows 10 from a previous Windows version, the original setup verion will be mentioned as the first item in the list. Also, see the following article:

How to get Windows 10 installation date

The script is created by a reddit user "sizzlr". Via

What does the script show you? How long is your upgrade history? Share your experience in the comments!

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