How to Find the List of Windows Updates on My Computer

by Mercedes T. Green

Sound security practices include monitoring and maintaining your application and operating system patches or updates. Microsoft updates are categorized as important, recommended and optional. Recommended patches are designed to make your software more efficient. Important updates provide code revisions or repairs that increase the privacy, dependability and security of the application or operating system. Optional updates are considered non-critical and are installed at your discretion. Turn on Windows Update to automatically install important and recommended updates. Finding the updates installed on your computer is not difficult.

Windows XP

1

Click “Start,” select “Control Panel” and double-click on the “Add or Remove Programs” icon.

2

Check the box beside “Show Updates” at the top of the “Add or Remove Programs” window.

3

Scroll down the list of “Currently installed programs and updates.” Windows updates begin with “Security Update,” “Hotfix” or “Update” and end with the KB number of the update in parenthesis (e.,g. KB978706).

Windows Vista and Windows 7

1

Click “Start,” select “Control Panel” and double-click “Programs.” Open “Programs and Features.”

2

Click on “View installed updates” in the “Tasks” pane.

3

Scroll down in the “Uninstall an update” pane. Windows updates begin with “Security Update,” “Update,” “Cumulative Update” or “Hotfix.” and end with the KB number of the update in parenthesis (e.g. KB978706).

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About the Author

Mercedes T. Green's primary interests are information, investigation and technology. She began her writing career creating technical documentation. Green has written for various websites and is certified in computer forensics and network administration. She has a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in information technology.

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