How to find the Windows Update Log in Windows 10

Follow one of the two tested methods to view the event logs on your device

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  • The Windows 10 update log doesn't get stored on your computer anymore, but we will show you how to see it.
  • You can use the Windows Update Event Viewer to check the log on your PC.
  • Using a command-line can also bring the log on your desktop so you can see it.
  • Another good solution is to use a third-party event viewer to check the log for the update.
How to find the Windows Update Log in Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, whenever you performed a system update, the update log would be stored on your PC in the form of a text document that you could open easily.

However, all of these changed when Windows 10 came along. Instead of a typical text file, the Windows Update service now writes a number of Event Tracing for Windows logs.

So actually, there is no Windows update log location. Opening these logs isn’t as simple as it once used to be. However, there are workarounds for this.

How can I find the Windows Update Log in Windows 10?

We’ve compiled this step-by-step guide to show you how you can access the Windows Update logs using 2 different methods.

1. Use PowerShell

  1. Right-click the Start button and select PowerShell (Admin) from the list.
  2. Type in the following command and press Enter to run it: Get-WindowsUpdateLogpowershell

Once the command finishes running, it will create the classic WindowsUpdate.log file in your Desktop folder.

This folder can be then easily opened with Notepad, and you can troubleshoot any issues you may have with Windows Update.

If PowerShell has stopped working, check out our article and fix the issue in no time.

2. Use Event Viewer

The update logs on your device can be easily accessed using the built-in Event Viewer. You can select the events you are interested in and read the logs for each one of them.

1. Press Windows + X to open the WinX menu.

2. Select Event Viewer from the list.

Winx menu for Event Viewer

3. Go to the following path: Applications and Service Logs\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdateClient\Operational

4. Select the events whose logs you want to see from the middle column.

event viewer windows 10

5. Read the log details listed for every event you are interested in.

6. Close Event Viewer when you finish.

If you want more options, check our comprehensive article to find the best event log viewers that you can use on Windows 10.

By following these two methods you will be able to once again read the Windows Update Log as you used to in previous versions of Windows.

Please remember that updating your Windows is important, and if you encounter any issues when trying to update, the Windows Update Log can come in handy.

Do you think that the Windows Update Log was better off being the way it was before Windows 10? Let us know in the comment section below.

Also, leave there any other questions or suggestions that you may have and we’ll be sure to check them out.

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