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How to Clear Windows Update History in Windows 10/7

The Windows Update history is a log that records the installed and failed updates for your review. You can view Windows Update history in Settings > Update and security > Windows Update > Update History. If you would like to delete it, read on this guide. It'll show you 2 ways to clear update history for your Windows 10/7.


View Windows Update history

How to Delete Windows Update History in Windows Explorer

Step 1: Stop Windows Update service.

Press Win+R to open Run box, then type in services.msc in it and hit Enter to open the Services Manager.

Open Service manager

In Service Manager, scroll down the service list to Windows Update service, right-click on it and select Stop.

Stop Windows Update service

Step 2: Open Windows Explorer, then, copy and past the following path into address bar, hit Enter key.

%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore

Open Windows Update log

Step 3: In DateStore folder, delete Logs and DataStore.ebd.

Delete Windows Update history

How to Clear Windows Update History via Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator.

Click Start, type cmd in the Search box. Then, right-click Command Prompt, select Run as administrator.

Open Command Prompt

Step 2: On command prompt, type in net stop wuauserv and press Enter to stop Windows Update service.

Step 3: Copy and paste command below and hit Enter.

del "%systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\Logs\edb.log"

Clear Windows Update history

It will delete the log file that stores your Windows update history.

View Update History

Step 4: Type net start wuauserv and press Enter to start the Windows Update service again.

start the Windows Update service