There are several ways to list what hotfixes are on your PC, such as looking in the registry, running MBSA, or visiting the Windows Update site.
An easier way is to use WMI, which you can run from a command line. Which is handy, as you can also run it against remote computers. Computers you can’t interactively logon to. Such as servers.
So what if you just want to check that you have a particular patch, for example KB970789?
Other things you can do,
- wmic qfe
to get a list of all the hotfix fields WMI knows about.
(Caption, CSName, Description, FixComments, HotFixID, InstallDate, InstalledBy, InstalledOn, Name, ServicePackInEffect, Status)
- wmic qfe get csname,hotfixid,installedon
to get individual/selected fields
- wmic /output:c:\temp\qfe.csv qfe get hotfixid,installedon /format:csv
to write that list out to a file called qfe.csv
Windows 7 RC bug: if you specify the /format switch, you’ll get a “Invalid XSL format (or) file name.” error.
- wmic /node:”EMMA-ROID” /output:c:\temp\qfe_emmapc.csv QFE GET hotfixid,installedon /format:csv
Note: you need the quotes around the computer name.
- wmic /node:@systems_to_check.txt /output:c:\temp\qfe_systemstocheck.csv QFE GET hotfixid,installedon /format:csv