How to Check if a KB Update is Installed in Windows 11

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If you’re a long time Windows user, you surely know about Windows Updates and the updates in them that are called the Knowledge Base (KB) updates. These are important updates that fix problems, bring new features, and send security updates.

In this guide, we’ll show you several different ways to check if a certain KB update is installed on your Windows 11 PC.

How to Check if a KB Update is Installed in Windows 11

Check if a Windows Update (KB) is installed

Before we start, remember you can choose any of these methods that you find easy and comfortable. They all can get you the info you need.

Also see: How to Restart Windows Update Service on Windows 11

Check Windows Update history using Settings app

Windows 11’s Settings app is pretty easy to use for checking your KB update status. Here’s how:

  1. Press Win + X or right-click the Start button at the bottom left to open a menu with quick links to different settings and tools.
  2. Choose Settings. You can also hit Win + i to open Settings directly.Open Settings from Taskbar Windows 11
  3. In Settings, find and select Windows Update from the sidebar to manage your updates.
  4. Look for the Update history option in the Windows Update section to see a list of updates.Windows 11 Update History
  5. A new page will show all the updates, including Cumulative and Security Updates. Look for the KB update you’re curious about to see its details and when it was installed.Check Windows Update history using Settings app

Useful tip: How to See What Drivers Are Installed in Windows 11

View installed updates using Control Panel

The Control Panel is an older, but still useful, place to manage Windows updates. Here’s what to do:

  1. Press Win + S to open the search box.
  2. Search for “Control Panel” and open it from the results.Open Control Panel in Windows 11
  3. In Control Panel, change the “View by” option to “Small icons” or “Large icons” to see everything.
  4. Click on Programs and Features to manage your software.Control Panel Programs and Features Windows 11
  5. To see updates, click on View installed updates on the left.View Installed Updates
  6. This shows all your updates. Use the search box to find the specific KB update you need. The list shows the update name, when it was installed, and more.View Windows Update KB history Control Panel

Related guide: How to Delete Windows Update Files in Windows 11

List installed KB updates using Command Prompt

Command Prompt is a tool for the tech-savvy to manage their PC. Here’s how to check for KB updates with it:

  1. Press Win + S and type in “Command Prompt.”
  2. Right-click and run it as administrator.Command Prompt Run as Administrator
  3. Type this command and press enter:
    wmic qfe list brief /format:table

    List installed KB updates using Command PromptThis shows a list of updates in a neat table.

  4. Look through the list for the update you’re interested in. You can search in Command Prompt by pressing Ctrl + F.

Related issue: Windows Update Troubleshooter Not Working Windows 10/11

Check if a KB update is installed using PowerShell

PowerShell is another tool for managing your PC. Here’s how to use it to check KB updates:

  1. Press Win + X and choose Windows PowerShell (Admin).Open Windows PowerShell Admin Windows 11
  2. Type this command:
    Get-HotFix | Format-Table -AutoSize

    Check if a KB update is installed in Windows 11 using PowerShellThis shows a nice table of updates.

  3. Press Enter to see the list. Scroll to find the update you want.

If you know the KB number, use this command to search directly:


Check if a Windows Update KB is installed on PC

Replace KBXXXXXXX with the real KB number. If the update’s there, PowerShell will tell you about it. If not, it’ll say it can’t find it.

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Why would you want to check if a KB update is installed on your computer?

There are a few good reasons to check your KB updates in Windows 11 or 10:

  1. If your computer starts acting up after an update, knowing which updates are installed can help you figure out the problem.
  2. Keeping your system up to date with KB updates means fixing bugs and improving how your computer runs.
  3. These updates often have fixes for security risks, so checking them keeps your computer safer.
  4. Some programs need certain updates to work right. Checking for these updates can prevent problems.
  5. If you’re helping someone with their computer, knowing how to check for these updates can make fixing problems faster.

One more thing to keep in mind

When you’re checking for KB updates, keep in mind that they might not install right away because of different problems, like not having a good internet connection or other software getting in the way. If you’re missing an update you thought you’d get, give your computer a restart and look for updates again in the Settings app. If you’re still having trouble, the Windows Update Troubleshooter could help figure out and fix the problem.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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