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  1. #1
    wubing Guest

    Clear Windows Update History

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



  2. #2
    Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\) Guest

    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

  3. #3
    wubing Guest

    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




  4. #4
    Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\) Guest

    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

  5. #5
    Andrius Guest

    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
    >


  6. #6
    MowGreen [MVP] Guest

    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
    >>


  7. #7
    Andrius Guest

    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

  8. #8
    maulder Guest

    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


  9. #9
    MowGreen [MVP] Guest

    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


  10. #10
    maulder Guest

    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

    >


  11. #11
    MowGreen [MVP] Guest

    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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