Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10

Changes of Windows Updates Icon and WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10. Have you noticed the changes to the Windows update and WindowsUpdate.log files in Windows 10?

The Windows Update icon has been removed from the classic control panel! In Windows 10, you can reach Windows Update via the Start menu and settings. It has a Modern application look!

So what happened to WindowsUpdate.log? Is it still in use? We’ll see all these in this post. A one-line command at the bottom of this post can still take you directly to the Windows Update settings!

In this post, you will get all the details of the changes to Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10.

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10
Where are Windows Update Settings Located in Windows 10?
Where is WindowsUpdate.log ? 
Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Table 1

Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the Windows Update icon and the corresponding WindowsUpdate.log have changed to enhance the user experience and improve functionality. Here are the fundamental changes:

Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 - Fig.1
Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.1

 The https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3036646 provides you with more details as well. Two topics are covered in this post.

  • Where is the Windows Update setting located in Windows 10?
  • Where is WindowsUpdate.log in Windows 10? 

Where are Windows Update Settings Located in Windows 10?

Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10. 1) Click the Update and Recovery icon on the settings page.

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.2

2) On the recovery and Update page, you can find the option to check for the latest updates of the Windows 10 preview. As you can see, the Windows update is getting downloaded in the following screenshot.

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 - Fig.3
Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.3

3) On the Update and Recovery page, you’ll also have another option to change advanced settings.

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.4

4) The Advanced Options page will allow you to select “Choose how updates are installed.” Do you want Windows to automatically restart the machine after installing the Windows update? The second important option is to have “Choose How Preview Builds are installed.”

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.5

Where is WindowsUpdate.log ? 

WindowsUpdate.log is still located in the C:\Windows folder. This log file will give you details about the Windows Update-related activities (in previous versions of Windows).

However, you’ll be surprised when you open WindowsUpdate.log on a Windows 10 machine. Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate.Log in Windows 10

Windows update logs are now generated using ETW (Event Tracing for Windows). Please visit http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=518345 for instructions to decode and obtain windowsupdate.log

So where do we get the log details of Windows Update-related activities in Windows 10 ?, As mentioned in the above stanza, it’s moved to Event Logs, similar to WMI logs! By default, Windows update Logging is NOT enabled; follow the process explained below to enable it.

1) Launch Event Viewer and run the “eventvwr” command. From the View option in the menu bar, enable “Show Analytic and Debug Logs“. Then browse through Applications and Services Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows.

Where is WindowsUpdate.log ? 
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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Table 2
Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 - Fig.6
Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.6

2) As mentioned above, browse through Applications and Services Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows –> WindowsUpdateClient. You will see two items: operational and analytic.

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.7

3) By default, these options (operational and analytic) are not enabled; you need to manually allow those (operational and analytic) to track the Windows Update events.

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Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10 – Fig.8

So Bonus:- What is the command for Windows Update “control /name Microsoft.WindowsUpdate”. The above command will open the Windows Update settings on your Windows 10 machine.

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Anoop C Nair is Microsoft MVP! He is a Device Management Admin with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a Blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

3 thoughts on “Changes of Windows Updates Icon WindowsUpdate Log in Windows 10”

  1. In build 9926 it appears that the WindowsUpdateClient Operational log is enabled by default or by MDT. If not, this PowerShell can check the status and enable it.

    $logName = ‘Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUpdateClient/Operational’
    Get-WinEvent -ListLog $logName | Format-List *
    #Enable Windows Update logging:
    $log = New-Object System.Diagnostics.Eventing.Reader.EventLogConfiguration $logName
    $log.IsEnabled=$true
    $log.SaveChanges()
    Get-WinEvent -ListLog $logName | Select IsEnabled | Format-List *

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