Powershell, How to get date of last Windows update install or at least checked for an update?

Issue

I am trying to find a way of retrieving the date/time of which the last windows update was either installed, or checked for.

So far I have found a function that allows to list recent Windows Updates, but it is far too much data and too bloated for such a simple function. Secondly I have tried to access the registry although I am having no luck in retriving the value I am after.

I am testing this on a Windows 10 Machine although the software will probably reside on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Here is an example of some of the code I have tried:

$key = “SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\Results\Install” 
$keytype = [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryHive]::LocalMachine 
$RemoteBase = [Microsoft.Win32.RegistryKey]::OpenBaseKey($keytype,"My Machine") 
$regKey = $RemoteBase.OpenSubKey($key) 
$KeyValue = $regkey.GetValue(”LastSuccessTime”) 

$System = (Get-Date -Format "yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss")  

Also, just trying the Get-ChildItem

$hello = Get-ChildItem -Path “hkcu:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\”

foreach ($a in $hello) {

$a

}

I’ve checked in regedit and this key does not exist. Going to the “Windows Update” path shows only App Updates and not Windows updates.

EDIT
I seem to be closer to my goal with this line:
Get-HotFix | Where {$_.InstallDate -gt 30}

However how to I only retrive those of which have been installed in the last 30 days? And this doesnt show many results, even using Select $_.InstallDate

Solution

an option :

 gwmi win32_quickfixengineering |sort installedon -desc 

Another alternative, using the com object Microsoft.Update.Session can be find here : https://p0w3rsh3ll.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/getting-windows-updates-installation-history/
in short :

$Session = New-Object -ComObject Microsoft.Update.Session 
$Searcher = $Session.CreateUpdateSearcher()
$HistoryCount = $Searcher.GetTotalHistoryCount()
# http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa386532%28v=vs.85%29.aspx
$Searcher.QueryHistory(0,$HistoryCount) | ForEach-Object {$_}

Answered By – Loïc MICHEL

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