How to read the Windows Update log in Windows 10

With Windows 10 came a change in the WindowsUpdate.log file. It is still located in C:\Windows, however when you open the file C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log you won’t see the text you are use to but a message saying that the log is basically unreadable.

In order to read WindowsUpdate.log in Windows 10, you will need to use Windows PowerShell cmdlet to re-create the WindowsUpdate.log the way we normally view it

In Windows 10, open PowerShell with administrative rights (can use PowerShell ISE if you wish).

Run the command:

ps c:\windows\system32> Get-WindowsUpdateLog

This will take a moment or two to finish. Once done, you will see on the desktop the resulting new WindowsUpdate.log file.

Note that the log on the desktop will be static and will contain the information that was in the original log at the time you converted it. So you would need to run the command above if you need to get newer information.

For more information on using the Get-WindowsUpdate.log cmdlet, please go here.


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