Display detailed Windows Update and Driver details

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 19, 2015

Windows ships with a couple of native options to display information about installed updates or drivers. You may use the Control Panel for some of that for instance, Microsoft PowerShell or a variety of other tools that provide you with information.

If you want access to a quick overview of installed Windows updates as well as installed drivers, then you may prefer third-party software to that as it may improve how the information are gathered and displayed.

Programs like Installed Drivers List or Win Updates List provide you with information about installed drivers or Windows updates.

The free program Windows Update and Driver Details is another program that does so and one of the few that combines driver and update information. The program ships with two core features that allow you to list all signed and unsigned drivers on the machine running Windows, and to display the same for Windows updates.

The program is completely portable and can be run from any location on the system. Compatibility-wise, it is compatible with all versions of Windows starting with Windows 7 up to the most recent version available (at the time of writing that is Windows 10).

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Please note that you do need to run the application with elevated privileges. You do that by right-clicking on the executable file and selecting "run as administrator" from the context menu.

The main screen displays bits of information about the operating system such as its computer name, whether it has joined a domain, and when the operating system was installed.

The buttons at the bottom provide you with the program's core functionality. A click on "installed drivers" or "update history" scans the system for information and exports the data afterwards in text files that it places in the reports folder which you find underneath its root folder.

You may open the reports folder directly with a click on reports in the program interface. The last button reveals when the last update was installed on the system.

The driver report starts with a list of signed drivers followed by a list of all unsigned drivers afterwards.

Information like the Device ID, name and manufacturer, as well as the driver data and version are provided for all drivers. The information is helpful to troubleshoot driver issues among other things.

For Windows Updates, the title and KB ID is displayed, as well as the installation date, status of the operation (successful or not), and the update GUID.

The text file approach provides you with additional features such as built-in search to find specific updates or drivers quickly. (via Deskmodder)

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  1. Glynn Brooks said on October 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    How does this utility compare to DriveTheLife?

    1. Clarck Goodman said on January 18, 2016 at 3:13 am

      I have been using Driver Talent for months. It could scan all the drivers and verify the problem drivers. Once there is a driver you need to update or repair, it is able to finish the update or repair in seconds after your mouse click. For me, it is good. You could have a try. :)

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on October 20, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Well this tool is for reporting only. If you need to get the list of installed signed and unsigned drivers, then this is the better tool as DriveTheLife / Driver Talent does not do that at all.

  2. albresc said on October 20, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I see this in VirusTotal:

    Bkav W32.HfsAdware.2F86 20151019
    Zillya Adware.MultiPlug.Win32.499539 20151019

    either in a previous analysis or in a new one initiated by me.
    Supposedly they are PUPs, don’t know how bad.

    1. disqursive said on October 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

      @ albresc and to all:

      I checked VirusTotal after reading your comment but did not see those 2 “PUPs”. The software got a clean bill of health. Do you have a link to the report?

      For testing, I downloaded the zip file from the “landing page” link, bottom of this article. Linked below are 3 scans, the 1st of the unpacked zip (initiated by me). The other 2 scans are of the 2 individual files, unpacked, initiated by someone else within the last day:

      1. the zip: ( https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/92c40a258aa5368fcc70f42d4117f347421fdd5e838f3e3fe537b825f1ab1dce/analysis/ )

      2. MSCOMCTL.OCX ( https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/fac6736251d3c61ecbd63be0420d1c75d5cd0442181d479013330155ca37d358/analysis/ )

      3. WinDrvUpdt.exe ( https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/5ef6b66083ff83d671ba73b55235528aca44fce8c4de2a65ec12248c3bc86aa5/analysis/ )


      1. disqursive said on October 20, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        Correcting myself:
        the 1st scan is of the PACKED zip (initiated by me).

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