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Windows 10 1709 Makes it Easier to Read Windows Update Log Files

When the first iteration of Windows 10 release and Microsoft changed the file format for Windows Update logs for troubleshooting, customers were pretty upset. Instead of standard text files, Microsoft introduced log files that were binary format and could only be read using PowerShell.

With Windows 10 1709 (or Fall Creators Update delivering on October 17), Microsoft has not gone back to text files, but it has made using PowerShell to sift through the log files much easier.

Michael Niehaus explains

With Windows 10 1709 (including in the current Insider Preview builds), the formatting process has changed.  You still need to use the Get-WindowsUpdateLog cmdlet to format it, but it no longer needs access to the symbols to do that formatting.

According to Michael on an email thread, this feature will not be backported but will show up for future versions of Windows Server.

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