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Old 02-12-2005
wubing
 
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Clear Windows Update History

Did anyone know how to clear windows update v6 history?
Try to remove WindowsUpdate.log doesn't help.



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  #2  
Old 02-12-2005
Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
 
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Re: Clear Windows Update History

wubing wrote:

> Did anyone know how to clear windows update v6 history?
> Try to remove WindowsUpdate.log doesn't help.
>
>

Hi,

You need to delete the folder DataStore located here:

%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\

(%windir% is typically C:\Windows)

You can use the procedure described here:

http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.co...cleid=11&ln=en



--
torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx
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  #3  
Old 04-12-2005
wubing
 
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Re: Clear Windows Update History

I mean the Windows update history log.

"Torgeir Bakken (MVP)" <Torgeir.Bakken-spam@hydro.com> wrote in message
news:OQDt%23219FHA.2644@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> wubing wrote:
>
>> Did anyone know how to clear windows update v6 history?
>> Try to remove WindowsUpdate.log doesn't help.

> Hi,
>
> You need to delete the folder DataStore located here:
>
> %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\
>
> (%windir% is typically C:\Windows)
>
> You can use the procedure described here:
>
> http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.co...cleid=11&ln=en
>
>
>
> --
> torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
> Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
> the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx



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  #4  
Old 04-12-2005
Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
 
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Re: Clear Windows Update History

Hi,

Yes, so did I. The Datastore folder (or the content in it) is what
contains the history information. When deleting the Datastore folder,
you should delete the Download folder as well.


wubing wrote:

> I mean the Windows update history log.
>
> "Torgeir Bakken (MVP)" <Torgeir.Bakken-spam@hydro.com> wrote in message
> news:OQDt%23219FHA.2644@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>
>>wubing wrote:
>>
>>
>>>Did anyone know how to clear windows update v6 history?
>>>Try to remove WindowsUpdate.log doesn't help.

>>
>>Hi,
>>
>>You need to delete the folder DataStore located here:
>>
>>%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\
>>
>>(%windir% is typically C:\Windows)
>>
>>You can use the procedure described here:
>>
>>http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.co...cleid=11&ln=en
>>
>>
>>
>>--
>>torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
>>Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
>>the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
>>http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx

>
>
>



--
torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx
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  #5  
Old 08-11-2006
Andrius
 
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Re: Clear Windows Update History

I'd like to ask if these "bad" updates could be deleted not deleting all
windows v6 update history.

Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
they are already installed...

Thank You very much,
Andrius

"Torgeir Bakken (MVP)" wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Yes, so did I. The Datastore folder (or the content in it) is what
> contains the history information. When deleting the Datastore folder,
> you should delete the Download folder as well.
>
>
> wubing wrote:
>
> > I mean the Windows update history log.
> >
> > "Torgeir Bakken (MVP)" <Torgeir.Bakken-spam@hydro.com> wrote in message
> > news:OQDt%23219FHA.2644@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> >
> >>wubing wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>Did anyone know how to clear windows update v6 history?
> >>>Try to remove WindowsUpdate.log doesn't help.
> >>
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>You need to delete the folder DataStore located here:
> >>
> >>%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\
> >>
> >>(%windir% is typically C:\Windows)
> >>
> >>You can use the procedure described here:
> >>
> >>http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.co...cleid=11&ln=en
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>--
> >>torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
> >>Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
> >>the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
> >>http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx

> >
> >
> >

>
>
> --
> torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
> Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
> the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx
>

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  #6  
Old 09-11-2006
MowGreen [MVP]
 
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Re: Clear Windows Update History

> Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
> they are already installed...


Which updates are being reoffered that are purportedly installed ?
Check in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if any of the
ones being reoffered are listed.

MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]
===============
*-343-* FDNY
Never Forgotten
===============


Andrius wrote:

> I'd like to ask if these "bad" updates could be deleted not deleting all
> windows v6 update history.
>
> Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
> they are already installed...
>
> Thank You very much,
> Andrius
>
> "Torgeir Bakken (MVP)" wrote:
>
>
>>Hi,
>>
>>Yes, so did I. The Datastore folder (or the content in it) is what
>>contains the history information. When deleting the Datastore folder,
>>you should delete the Download folder as well.
>>
>>
>>wubing wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I mean the Windows update history log.
>>>
>>>"Torgeir Bakken (MVP)" <Torgeir.Bakken-spam@hydro.com> wrote in message
>>>news:OQDt%23219FHA.2644@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>>>
>>>
>>>>wubing wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>Did anyone know how to clear windows update v6 history?
>>>>>Try to remove WindowsUpdate.log doesn't help.
>>>>
>>>>Hi,
>>>>
>>>>You need to delete the folder DataStore located here:
>>>>
>>>>%windir%\SoftwareDistribution\
>>>>
>>>>(%windir% is typically C:\Windows)
>>>>
>>>>You can use the procedure described here:
>>>>
>>>>http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.co...cleid=11&ln=en
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>--
>>>>torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
>>>>Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
>>>>the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
>>>>http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx
>>>
>>>
>>>

>>
>>--
>>torgeir, Microsoft MVP Scripting, Porsgrunn Norway
>>Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
>>the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
>>http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scr...r/default.mspx
>>

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  #7  
Old 10-11-2006
Andrius
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Clear Windows Update History

"MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:

> > Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
> > they are already installed...

>
> Which updates are being reoffered that are purportedly installed ?
> Check in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if any of the
> ones being reoffered are listed.
>
> MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]


I've got two problems that are disappointing me.

1) ~10 days ago I desided to check microsoft update and found that new Intel
PRO wireless set 2200BG drivers has been released. I marked to download and
install them. Everything was ok. in "device manager" I saw that driver, his
number, has been updated.
I've got configured that windows would show new updates only (yellow shield
appears when new critical updates are released, for example, updates of
windows defender and so on) Two days later I decided to check microsoft
update again, because I marked to download IE7 which wasn't downloading. And
I saw that there is Intel PRO wireless set 2200BG update here again. Well, I
tried to install it repeatedly but it failed three times. In the disscusions
(here) I saw that more users have the same problem. After several days
microsoft perhaps fixed this and I do not see any updates for intel wireless
set 2200BG any more.
I'd like to ask how to delete these three failed updates in microsoft update
history? I've found that by deleting DataStore catalog I delete all update
history. How to delete these three failed updates separately? Not deleting
all history that was succesfully installed?

2. I have the same type problem for HP LaserJet 1020 windows updates offered
as it installs correctly but windows in windows update doesn't see that and
offers to install again. I have installed the newest drivers from www.hp.com
but there is update offer in windows update.

Could You help me solve 1. problem? Because it very dissapoints me. Maybe I
could send You my zipped datastore catalog? That was the wrong to try
install intel update repeatedly.

Thank You,
Andrius
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  #8  
Old 06-12-2007
maulder
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Clear Windows Update History

I would also dearly like to know how... sick of seeing those 'Failed' updates.

But don't want the whole history to disappear!

"Andrius" wrote:

> "MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
>
> > > Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
> > > they are already installed...

> >
> > Which updates are being reoffered that are purportedly installed ?
> > Check in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if any of the
> > ones being reoffered are listed.
> >
> > MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]

>
> I've got two problems that are disappointing me.
>
> 1) ~10 days ago I desided to check microsoft update and found that new Intel
> PRO wireless set 2200BG drivers has been released. I marked to download and
> install them. Everything was ok. in "device manager" I saw that driver, his
> number, has been updated.
> I've got configured that windows would show new updates only (yellow shield
> appears when new critical updates are released, for example, updates of
> windows defender and so on) Two days later I decided to check microsoft
> update again, because I marked to download IE7 which wasn't downloading. And
> I saw that there is Intel PRO wireless set 2200BG update here again. Well, I
> tried to install it repeatedly but it failed three times. In the disscusions
> (here) I saw that more users have the same problem. After several days
> microsoft perhaps fixed this and I do not see any updates for intel wireless
> set 2200BG any more.
> I'd like to ask how to delete these three failed updates in microsoft update
> history? I've found that by deleting DataStore catalog I delete all update
> history. How to delete these three failed updates separately? Not deleting
> all history that was succesfully installed?
>
> 2. I have the same type problem for HP LaserJet 1020 windows updates offered
> as it installs correctly but windows in windows update doesn't see that and
> offers to install again. I have installed the newest drivers from www.hp.com
> but there is update offer in windows update.
>
> Could You help me solve 1. problem? Because it very dissapoints me. Maybe I
> could send You my zipped datastore catalog? That was the wrong to try
> install intel update repeatedly.
>
> Thank You,
> Andrius

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  #9  
Old 07-12-2007
MowGreen [MVP]
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Clear Windows Update History

Can't be done. One either chooses to remove all of the updating History
shown on the Update sites or none. There's no way to save just the
successful updates.

MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
===============
*-343-* FDNY
Never Forgotten
===============


maulder wrote:

> I would also dearly like to know how... sick of seeing those 'Failed' updates.
>
> But don't want the whole history to disappear!
>
> "Andrius" wrote:
>
>
>>"MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
>>
>>
>>>>Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
>>>>they are already installed...
>>>
>>>Which updates are being reoffered that are purportedly installed ?
>>>Check in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if any of the
>>>ones being reoffered are listed.
>>>
>>>MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]

>>
>>I've got two problems that are disappointing me.
>>
>>1) ~10 days ago I desided to check microsoft update and found that new Intel
>>PRO wireless set 2200BG drivers has been released. I marked to download and
>>install them. Everything was ok. in "device manager" I saw that driver, his
>>number, has been updated.
>>I've got configured that windows would show new updates only (yellow shield
>>appears when new critical updates are released, for example, updates of
>>windows defender and so on) Two days later I decided to check microsoft
>>update again, because I marked to download IE7 which wasn't downloading. And
>>I saw that there is Intel PRO wireless set 2200BG update here again. Well, I
>>tried to install it repeatedly but it failed three times. In the disscusions
>>(here) I saw that more users have the same problem. After several days
>>microsoft perhaps fixed this and I do not see any updates for intel wireless
>>set 2200BG any more.
>>I'd like to ask how to delete these three failed updates in microsoft update
>>history? I've found that by deleting DataStore catalog I delete all update
>>history. How to delete these three failed updates separately? Not deleting
>>all history that was succesfully installed?
>>
>>2. I have the same type problem for HP LaserJet 1020 windows updates offered
>>as it installs correctly but windows in windows update doesn't see that and
>>offers to install again. I have installed the newest drivers from www.hp.com
>>but there is update offer in windows update.
>>
>>Could You help me solve 1. problem? Because it very dissapoints me. Maybe I
>>could send You my zipped datastore catalog? That was the wrong to try
>>install intel update repeatedly.
>>
>>Thank You,
>>Andrius

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  #10  
Old 07-12-2007
maulder
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Clear Windows Update History

I read somewhere that we can delete the folders in 'Software Distribution'
and 'Download'. It'll wiped off the whole update history.

Question is: If I do that, will Windows Update 'forget' that the updates
were already installed, and will prompt user to download and install again?
Or will it know that the updates have already been installed and will not
prompt user?

"MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:

> Can't be done. One either chooses to remove all of the updating History
> shown on the Update sites or none. There's no way to save just the
> successful updates.
>
> MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
> ===============
> *-343-* FDNY
> Never Forgotten
> ===============
>
>
> maulder wrote:
>
> > I would also dearly like to know how... sick of seeing those 'Failed' updates.
> >
> > But don't want the whole history to disappear!
> >
> > "Andrius" wrote:
> >
> >
> >>"MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>>Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
> >>>>they are already installed...
> >>>
> >>>Which updates are being reoffered that are purportedly installed ?
> >>>Check in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if any of the
> >>>ones being reoffered are listed.
> >>>
> >>>MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]
> >>
> >>I've got two problems that are disappointing me.
> >>
> >>1) ~10 days ago I desided to check microsoft update and found that new Intel
> >>PRO wireless set 2200BG drivers has been released. I marked to download and
> >>install them. Everything was ok. in "device manager" I saw that driver, his
> >>number, has been updated.
> >>I've got configured that windows would show new updates only (yellow shield
> >>appears when new critical updates are released, for example, updates of
> >>windows defender and so on) Two days later I decided to check microsoft
> >>update again, because I marked to download IE7 which wasn't downloading. And
> >>I saw that there is Intel PRO wireless set 2200BG update here again. Well, I
> >>tried to install it repeatedly but it failed three times. In the disscusions
> >>(here) I saw that more users have the same problem. After several days
> >>microsoft perhaps fixed this and I do not see any updates for intel wireless
> >>set 2200BG any more.
> >>I'd like to ask how to delete these three failed updates in microsoft update
> >>history? I've found that by deleting DataStore catalog I delete all update
> >>history. How to delete these three failed updates separately? Not deleting
> >>all history that was succesfully installed?
> >>
> >>2. I have the same type problem for HP LaserJet 1020 windows updates offered
> >>as it installs correctly but windows in windows update doesn't see that and
> >>offers to install again. I have installed the newest drivers from www.hp.com
> >>but there is update offer in windows update.
> >>
> >>Could You help me solve 1. problem? Because it very dissapoints me. Maybe I
> >>could send You my zipped datastore catalog? That was the wrong to try
> >>install intel update repeatedly.
> >>
> >>Thank You,
> >>Andrius

>

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  #11  
Old 08-12-2007
MowGreen [MVP]
 
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Re: Clear Windows Update History

The file that contains the updating *History* viewable on either update
sites is located in SoftwareDistribution\DataStore
It's name is DataStore.edb

Update detection is NOT dependent on DataStore.edb and properly
installed updates will NOT be reoffered if one deletes it.

Suggest you read this to mitigate possible corruption of DataStore.edb
and the transaction logs which are located in
SoftwareDistribution\Datastore\Logs :

Virus scanning recommendations for computers that are running Windows
Server 2003, Windows 2000, or Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822158


MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
===============
*-343-* FDNY
Never Forgotten
===============


maulder wrote:

> I read somewhere that we can delete the folders in 'Software Distribution'
> and 'Download'. It'll wiped off the whole update history.
>
> Question is: If I do that, will Windows Update 'forget' that the updates
> were already installed, and will prompt user to download and install again?
> Or will it know that the updates have already been installed and will not
> prompt user?
>
> "MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
>
>
>>Can't be done. One either chooses to remove all of the updating History
>>shown on the Update sites or none. There's no way to save just the
>>successful updates.
>>
>>MowGreen [MVP 2003-2008]
>>===============
>> *-343-* FDNY
>>Never Forgotten
>>===============
>>
>>
>>maulder wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I would also dearly like to know how... sick of seeing those 'Failed' updates.
>>>
>>>But don't want the whole history to disappear!
>>>
>>>"Andrius" wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>"MowGreen [MVP]" wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>>Plz, help, because it is very annoying to see not installed updates when
>>>>>>they are already installed...
>>>>>
>>>>>Which updates are being reoffered that are purportedly installed ?
>>>>>Check in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel to see if any of the
>>>>>ones being reoffered are listed.
>>>>>
>>>>>MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]
>>>>
>>>>I've got two problems that are disappointing me.
>>>>
>>>>1) ~10 days ago I desided to check microsoft update and found that new Intel
>>>>PRO wireless set 2200BG drivers has been released. I marked to download and
>>>>install them. Everything was ok. in "device manager" I saw that driver, his
>>>>number, has been updated.
>>>>I've got configured that windows would show new updates only (yellow shield
>>>>appears when new critical updates are released, for example, updates of
>>>>windows defender and so on) Two days later I decided to check microsoft
>>>>update again, because I marked to download IE7 which wasn't downloading. And
>>>>I saw that there is Intel PRO wireless set 2200BG update here again. Well, I
>>>>tried to install it repeatedly but it failed three times. In the disscusions
>>>>(here) I saw that more users have the same problem. After several days
>>>>microsoft perhaps fixed this and I do not see any updates for intel wireless
>>>>set 2200BG any more.
>>>>I'd like to ask how to delete these three failed updates in microsoft update
>>>>history? I've found that by deleting DataStore catalog I delete all update
>>>>history. How to delete these three failed updates separately? Not deleting
>>>>all history that was succesfully installed?
>>>>
>>>>2. I have the same type problem for HP LaserJet 1020 windows updates offered
>>>>as it installs correctly but windows in windows update doesn't see that and
>>>>offers to install again. I have installed the newest drivers from www.hp.com
>>>>but there is update offer in windows update.
>>>>
>>>>Could You help me solve 1. problem? Because it very dissapoints me. Maybe I
>>>>could send You my zipped datastore catalog? That was the wrong to try
>>>>install intel update repeatedly.
>>>>
>>>>Thank You,
>>>>Andrius

>>

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