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Windows: List Installed OS Hotfixes and Service Packs from the Command Line

Want a quick list of hotfixes and service packs that are installed on your Windows PC or Server? By using the Windows Instrumentation command-line interface (WMIC) you can create a quick list. This Tech-Recipe applies to Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.


1. Open a command prompt.

2. Execute the following command:
wmic qfe list

A list of all service packs and hotfixes for your operating system will be listed.

If you want to generate a text or HTM file for printing, execute the following:

to generate a textfile:
/output:d:\hotfixes.txt qfe list

to generate a HTM file:
/output:d:\hotfixes.htm qfe list

Rob Rogers
Rob Rogers
Once a prolific author here on Tech-Recipes, Rob has moved on to greener pastures.
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