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Is there a way to view which patches (ms updates) were installed without installing any third party tools?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Go to Windows Update then click on the link to "View Update History"
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Thanks, I am actually looking for a hotfix listed in this article.  I don't think that hotfixes show up there.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2459257
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by:Navdeep
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Run this powershell code

 Get-WmiObject -Class WIN32_QuickFixEngineering | Where-Object{$_.HotFixID -like 'KB923689'}

replace KB923689 with your kb no,
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Thanks, but that didn't seem to do anything.  This is a SharePoint patch and I can see that it was installed in central admin.  When I run you command, it takes a few seconds then has no output.  To make sure that it wasn't an incorrect KB number, I ran it with just KB and not a whole number and still got no output.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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As you can see in the link below, Vista (and by extension, since it's the same code base at SP1 and later, Server 2008) lists the patch KB artcles next to the installed patch listing.
http://www.trishtech.com/winvista/view_update_history_in_windows_vista.php

If the hotfix is not listed, it's very probably not installed.  In any case, you should be able to re-apply the hotfix anyway.

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by:Navdeep
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Hi,

just run this command

Get-WmiObject -Class WIN32_QuickFixEngineering

alternatively you can use add/remove programs, check show updates/ show installed updates to see if the update is installed or not.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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You ran this?

wmic qfe list full /format:htable
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Thanks.  The hotfix is not showing up in the powerhsell command.  I can see it in installed updates, and on my sharepoint server, but it is not showing when I run a powershell command.  I am attaching a screenshot.

Dariusq, I ran you command and got some sort of html output.  I am not sure what this is.

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Post it
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screenshot
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Hi,

Try this

dir HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall | where {$_.Name -Like '*kb956391*'}

replace that with your kb no.

That will be pulled from registry

if that doesn't work can you upload windowsupdate.log file

it will be located under c:\windows\
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