How do I know if my patches have actually been implemented?

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Windows Server
When I patch my Windows servers, how do I ensure that the patches have actually been implemented?

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You can look in Add/Remove Programs and all most all the patches will be listed in there.

Most patches will put a rollback folder in c:\windows\ that is hidden and is of the form $NtUninstallKB[X], where [X] is the Knowledge base number and you can quickly look there. (also you can delete these once you’re convinced you won’t need to rollback)

Or you can go to the windows update site and search for new updates, generally if the update you applied does not show up, it was installed.

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  • Buddyfarr
    just make sure that the SHOW UPDATES checkmark box is checked to show the updates.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    With some patches requiring reboots and others not, this can be a risky assumption. The quick and easy way is to go into your Windows Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, and check the Show Updates box at the top to see if the patches in question are installed. If you’re ever in doubt, you can always re-run the Microsoft/Windows Update on your Start Menu or download and run MBSA to see if you’ve missed anything.
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