By Hester / Last Updated January 4, 2023

How can I check Windows Update status remotely?


Hi, I am trying to find an easier way to check Windows Update status remotely. Can anybody give me some suggestions? Thanks in advance.”

- Question from a user

Windows Update

How to check Windows Update status remotely [2 Methods]

In this part, we will guide Windows users to view installed updates on remote computer. There are two available tools: WinUpdatesView and remote access software.

Method 1. Use WinUpdatesView tool

Withthe WinUpdatesView tool, you can view the history of installed Windows updates on your local system, remote system, or external drive. To view the Windows Update statuson a remote computer, you need to have full admin access to the remote computer.

Preparation work: Security configuration on remote computer

Step 1. Open Control Panel, and go to the path: System and Security > Windows Defender Firewall > Allow apps, click Change settings, and enable File and Printer Sharing.

Enable File and Printer Sharing

Step 2. Back to Control panel main interface, select View by “Large icons”, and click Administrative Tools.

Administrative Tool

Step 3. Go to Local Policies > Security Options, locate Network and security model for local accounts and set it to Classic mode.

Sharing and Security Model

Step 4. Close Control Panel and open Services, scroll down, locate and click Remote Registry.

Remote Registry

Step 5. Select Automatic from the Startup Type menu.

Startup Type Automatic

Assuming you have full administrative access to the remote machine, follow these steps to check the list of installed updates remotely:

Step 1. Open WinUpdatesView, and press F9 to launch Advanced Options window. Under Load From, choose Remote Computer. Type in the IP address or name of the remote computer and press OK.

Advanced Options

Step 2. After a few seconds, you will see a list of Windows updates installed on the remote computer.

Update Installed List

Method 2. Use professional remote access tool [reliable & safe]

You can also use remote desktop software to check Windows Update status remotely. Here we recommend you use AnyViewer, which allows you to remotely access any Windows computers from anywhere without extra configurations.

Safe. It is secured by ECC encryption, protecting your data from leakage.
Easy to use. It has intuitive interface and operations, a green-hand can also use it without pressure.
All in one. It also supports remote file transfer, screen sharing, multiple sessions, multiple monitor control, etc.

Download AnyViewer on your devices:

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7
Secure Download

Part 1. Access the remote computer

Step 1. On remote computer, go to Log in, and click Sign up.

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2. Fill the information and click Sign up.

Sign Up for AnyViewer

Step 3. On the local computer, log in to the same account, and here you can also see the assigned devices.

Tips: It is recommended upgrade to a Professional or Enterprise plan to assign up to 100 devices, which is more convenient when you need to manage multiple devices.

Free Editions

Step 4. Go to Device, select the computer you want to connect to, and click One-click control to achieve unattended remote access.

Connect to My Devices

Now you can see and control the remote computer like you were sitting in front of it, you can use the methods in part 2 to remotely check its Windows Update.

Remote Access Operations

Part 2. Check Windows Update status remotely [2 ways]

Here we provide you 2 feasible ways to check Windows Update status.

Way 1. Check Windows Update in Settings

Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and click View update history.

View Update History

Way 2. Check Windows Update using Command Prompt

AnyViewer offers CMD shortcut in a remote session, which is convenient for you to check Windows Update status command line.

Step 1. In the remote control window, click Operation > CMD from the upper toolbar.

Step 2. Type the command “wmic qfe list” and press Enter.

Check Update Command


Here in this post, we introduced how to check Windows Update status remotely using the WinUpdatesView tool and remote desktop software AnyViewer. If your remote computer does not belong to your local system or you are looking for the most convenient way, AnyViewer could be your prior choice.