Windows 10: Update History. What do you see ?

  1. Posts : 1,372
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       16 Dec 2015 #1

    Update History. What do you see ?

    My update history is blank as can be seen here. It wasn't, but it is now. This is a new clean install and there were a handful of successful updates showing the other day. Is what I see here normal or not ?

    Two things I have done,

    1/ Run a full Disk clean including system files. Does that remove the update history ?

    2/ I've been checking out W10's own disk imaging utility and made and then restored an image. Could that be responsible ?

    (I hit a similar issue way back with W8.1 when I was testing and using AOMEI backupper software. That wiped the history on a restore, presumably because some temp file or file extension wasn't included in the backup)
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    Last edited by Mooly; 16 Dec 2015 at 05:16.
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  2.    16 Dec 2015 #2

    I can't see your picture. Are you referring to update history in the new settings or installed updates in the old control panel or both? Updating from build 10240 to 10586 clears the first but not the second, at least for me...

    The update history is stored in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore\DataStore.edb file. You could check the properties and see when it was created and if that ties in with anything (installation / restoring backup etc)
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  3. Posts : 1,372
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    Thread Starter
       16 Dec 2015 #3

    Sorry about that, I didn't attach any (oops). I'll edit the first post and attach it in a moment..

    Yes, I'm looking under the new 'settings > advanced options > view your update history'. That is blank. The file you mention shows as last modified today and Windows reports it is up to date. The old control panel view shows the correct updates as installed.
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  4.    16 Dec 2015 #4

    Not the last modified date - the creation date. Right click on it and look under properties.

    Reason being you could delete (or not restore) the whole of SofwareDistribution for example. Windows update will recreate it when it next runs but your update history will be gone so the date it is created is interesting to know. The last modified will always be today (assuming that your system checks for updates daily).
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  5. Posts : 1,372
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       16 Dec 2015 #5

    Created a few moments ago, that is because I was playing with Backup/Restore and restored an image. I do actually suspect the restore process as being the culprit.

    (Back in a little while)
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  6.    16 Dec 2015 #6

    You are correct. I just made a backup using the MS system image tool. That file is not backed up.

    I've no idea if that is a bug or by design but it explains why you aren't seeing history after restore as it was recreated.

    p.s. if you want to see what is backed up go to E:\WindowsImageBackup\<Computer Name>\Backup 2015-12-16 103550 and double click on the largest Hard Disk Image file to mount it.

    You can then assign it a letter in Disk Management and browse to see what is there. For me everything in SoftwareDistribution was backed up except DataStore\DataStore.edb (DataStore\Logs was backed up).
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  7. Posts : 1,372
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       16 Dec 2015 #7

    Many thanks for confirming that. Exactly the same thing used to happen with OEMEI backup software although I think it got fixed once it had been reported to them.

    I never knew you could mount Windows images (lol, something else to play with... thanks) but as you say though, is it a bug or is it by design.
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