Windows updates causing problems? Here's how you can uninstall problematic Windows 10 updates in a simple and step-by-step guide.
Windows 10 automatically installs any and all updates automatically. Sure you can pause updates when needed but it is still limited. If you install a Windows update on day one or if there is some hardware or software incompatibility, it is very easy to screw things up. In the best case, you can log into Windows and uninstall the offending update. At worst, the system won't boot up or goes through a boot loop.
To make matters worse, Windows hides the update uninstallation option deep within the settings and control panel app. For most beginners or even regular users, it can be quite a task to find the required options to uninstall Windows update.
No matter the situation, if you ever want to uninstall a Windows 10 update, follow the below steps and you will be good to go. To make things easier, I covered both situations where you can boot into Windows and cannot boot into Windows. Depending on your situation, follow the method of your choice.
1] From the PC Settings App
The new PC Settings app is not yet a complete replacement for the good old control panel but it works just fine. Since Microsoft moved most of the functionality from the control panel to the PC Settings app, you can use it to uninstall Windows 10 updates.
1. First, press Win + I to open the Settings app.
2. After opening the Settings app, go to the "Update & Security → Windows Update" page. On the right panel, click on the "View update history" button.
3. On the next page, click on the "Uninstall updates" link appearing at the top.
4. The above action will open the old control panel window. Here, find the update you want to uninstall, select it and click on the "Uninstall" button appearing at the top options bar.
A quick tip: You can arrange the update by their installed date by clicking on the "Installed on" column.
5. As soon as you clicking the button, the uninstallation procedure will start. Depending on the update, you might have to follow a wizard but it is pretty easy.
6. After uninstalling, click on the "Restart now" button to reboot Windows.
Do keep in mind that you cannot uninstall security or feature updates. You can only uninstall the latest quality update.
2] From Command Prompt
You can also use the Command Prompt to quickly uninstall the Windows updates. There are two main steps in this method. First, you need to know the actual update KB number. Since each update has its own KB number, you can use the KB number to uninstall the target update.
1. First, open the start menu, search for "Command Prompt", right-click on the result and select the "Run as administrator" option.
2. After opening the Command Prompt, execute the below command to list all the installed Windows updates.
wmic qfe list brief /format:table
3. From the list of updates, note down the KB number of the update you want to uninstall. You can find the KB number under the "HotFixID" column. For example, I want to uninstall the latest update so copied the KB number "4515871".
4. Once you have the KB number, use one of the below commands to uninstall the target update.
- No automatic restart (you should manually restart):
wusa /uninstall /kb:<UpdateIDNumber> /quiet /norestart
- Automatic force restart:
wusa /uninstall /kb:<UpdateIDNumber> /quiet /forcerestart
Depending on the update, you might see a warning prompt. Click on the "Yes" button to continue the uninstallation process.
3] Uninstall Windows Updates from Safe More (Cannot Boot into Normal Mode)
In the event you cannot boot into Windows, the above two methods won't work. In that situation, you can boot into safe mode and then uninstall the problematic update from there.
1. First, boot into Safe Mode.
2. Once you are in Safe Mode, open the PC Settings app with Win + I keyboard shortcut and go to the "Update & Security → Windows Update" page.
3. On the right panel, click on the "View Update History" button.
4. On this page, click on the "Uninstall Updates" link appearing at the top of the window.
5. In the control panel, window, select the update you want to uninstall and click on the "Uninstall" button. Alternatively, right-click on the update and select Uninstall.
6. Follow the uninstallation wizard. After uninstalling, reboot Windows and you should be able to boot normally.
As you can see, though tricky it is fairly easy to uninstall Windows 10 updates. I hope the guide helps you. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
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