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:

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

Best Answer

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:

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If the list is empty, e.g.:

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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:

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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.