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How To Uninstall an Update in Windows 11

If an update is causing problems or instability in Windows 11, you can uninstall it. Here is how to uninstall an update in Windows 11.

Microsoft issues new cumulative and/or security updates almost every week. If you don’t know, nearly every Tuesday, Microsoft releases and new cumulative or security update for all supported operating systems. That is the reason we call it Patch Tuesday.

As most of you know, updates are essential for normal system function. Updates will improve the performance, patch bugs, make improvements to included features, and most of all, make your system secure against the latest vulnerabilities and other serious threats. The good thing is, unlike the older Windows versions, Windows 10 and Windows 11 will automatically download and install available updates automatically. This is best because you don’t have to worry about updating the computer yourself.

However, as good as the automatic updates are, there might be situations where they cause problems. For example, if your computer is connected to older hardware or using old software in compatibility mode, the newer updates might cause instability. The same is true for more recent hardware that is not yet mature in support and driver software. In those cases, Windows is generally intelligent enough to uninstall the problematic update automatically. When that fails, you can manually uninstall an update from Windows 11. You just need to know where to find the installed updates to uninstall them

In this quick and easy how-to guide, I will show you how to uninstall an update in Windows 11. Follow the steps closely, and it will be done in no time.

Uninstall updates in Windows 11

You can use the Settings app to uninstall updates from Windows 11. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Open the Settings app (Start + I).
  2. Select “Windows Update” on the sidebar.
  3. Click on the “Update history” option.
  4. Click on the “Uninstall updates” option.
  5. Select the update you want to uninstall.
  6. Click on the “Uninstall” button at the top.
  7. Press the “Yes” button when prompted.
  8. Close the uninstall and settings window.
  9. Reboot the computer.
  10. With that, you’ve uninstalled an update in Windows 11.

Detailed steps:

The first thing to do is open the Windows Settings app. Right-click on the Start menu and select the “Settings” option or press the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut. After that, go to the “Windows Update > Update history” page.

view update history in Windows 11

Here, find the “Related settings” section and click on the “Uninstall updates” option. This is the option that shows all the updates that can be uninstalled.

uninstall updates in Windows 11

Now, select the update you want to uninstall and click the “Uninstall” button.

uninstall an update in Windows 11

As soon as you do that, Windows will show a prompt asking you to verify the action. Press the “Yes” button to continue.

The above action will make Windows instantly uninstall the update. Once that is done, close all the windows and reboot the computer.

After rebooting, you will no longer see the said update on your computer. Remember that Windows might automatically download the said update in the future or other cumulative updates that include patches from the uninstalled update.

That is all. It is that simple to uninstall an update in Windows 11.

I hope that helps.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

1 thought on “How To Uninstall an Update in Windows 11”

  1. Avatar for Miko

    I think my desktop PC began to install the latest update, 2021-11 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5007262), but froze after it downloaded it to 100%. Now I cannot make the Update check to see if there are any new updates. Thoughts?
    Thank you, and regards.

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