Is there a way to find out when a patch was last applied to an instance?

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Is there a way to find out the date a SQL Server instance was last patched?  I need to keep track of dates each of my instances had a patch applied whether it be a security patch, hotfix or service pack.  I looked in the ServerProperty function but did not see anything that would return this information.  Any insights on how to get this info from SQL 2000, 2005 or 2008 would be greatly appreciated.

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As far as I know your only option there would be to look at the add/remove programs list (or dump this data from the registry to make it easier to deal with) and get that info from there. SQL Server doesn’t track that within the system databases.

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  • Mrhr2461
    Do you know what registry key this data would be found under?
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  • James Murray
    I would start my research with this Microsoft article How to determine the version and edition of SQL Server and its components and this link http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;q321185 I think Mr Denny probably has the right answer for you though.
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