# Windows – How to see the list of Windows updates that will be installed at restart

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I use Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate. I see on Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update:

How can I see the list of Windows updates that will be installed at restart?

You can review the list of Windows updates that will be installed at restart (a.k.a. pending Windows updates -> please see comment, I am not 100% sure about it) in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\View update history:

If the list is empty, e.g.:

here are two possible causes. Cause 1: in Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Update\Change settings, you have a message some settings are managed by your system administrator:

In that case, it is possible that one of the settings prevents you from viewing
the update history. To reset the default setting, you can run in a .reg file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\WindowsUpdate]


Cause 2: one of the answers in How To Cancel Pending Windows 7 Updates causes of the Windows update history to be empty. I suspect it is removing the file C:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml that causes it.