How to See the Update History in XP

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Windows Update provides automatic downloads of security updates, bug fixes and patches that need to be installed on your computer. These updates are provided by Windows for a variety of reasons and are recommended to be installed automatically after they are downloaded. If a user is unsure whether she received a particular update and wants to verify whether it has been installed, she can easily do so using her Windows XP operating system.


Step 1

Click the "Start" button and select "Control Panel" from the resulting menu.

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Step 2

Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" to open the list of program presently installed on your computer.

Step 3

Click the check box next to the "Show Update" option located at the top of the window.

Step 4

Locate the "Windows XP - Software Updates" header. Beneath it, you will find a list of all the installed Window's updates and the date when they were installed.


Windows Vista and 7 list software updates conveniently in the Windows Updates program, providing a one-stop shop for managing and installing new updates. Although this functionality is not available in Windows XP, users can download a third party utility called WinUpdatesList to conveniently list all the updates installed on their computer.


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