How to remove installed Windows Updates and block them afterwards
Microsoft releases updates for supported versions of the company's Windows operating system regularly. Some of these are pushed to devices automatically, others are provided as optional updates.
Sometimes, updates may introduce issues on machines they are installed for. Some issues are small or negligible, others may introduce bugs that affect productivity, cause data loss or a loss in functionality, or even prevent the system from booting at all.
While it is recommended to create backups before installing any update on production machines, many users don't do that. For most, updates work without introducing any issues but if you are unlucky, you may encounter updates that introduce issues.
Your best option in this case is to either mitigate the issue if possible or remove the installed Windows Updates again.
This guide walks you through the steps of uninstalling Windows Updates and blocking them from being installed automatically if Windows is still accessible. Check out our extensive guide on removing updates for Windows which also covers situations where you cannot boot into Windows anymore.
Uninstall Windows Updates on Windows 10
Microsoft changed a lot of things in the company's Windows 10 operating systems. One of the changes moved part of the Control Panel to a new Settings application; this changes how Windows Updates are managed on the system.
- Use the Windows-I shortcut to open the Settings application on the device. You can also click on the Start icon and select Settings from the menu.
- Select Update & Security.
- Select "View update history" on the page that opens. Windows 10 displays the installed updates on the page.
- Select "uninstall updates" on the page; this opens the Installed Updates Control Panel applet.
- Locate the update that you want to remove from the system, right-click on it and select uninstall from the listing.
Uninstall a Windows Update for pre-Windows 10 systems
The way you do that works similar in all recent versions of Windows.
- Tap on the Windows-key on your keyboard and type remove a program.
- Select the result add or remove programs from the list of search results.
- This opens a Windows Control Panel window which lists all installed programs on the system.
- Select view installed updates on the left side of the window.
- This displays all updates installed on the system.
- You can use the search at the top now to find the update you are looking for, or browse the listing manually if you prefer it that way. If you do the second, click on the installed on header to sort the updates chronologically which often helps find the problematic update faster.
- Once you have located the update right-click it and select uninstall from the menu.
- This removes it from the system.
- Note that you may need to restart the PC before the process ends.
It can happen that you cannot boot into Windows which is problematic as you cannot remove the update then using the method described above.
Options that you have at this point are to boot into Safe Mode if Windows boots still into it, or to use recovery media to run System Restore to undo the update.
Block Windows Updates from being installed
The update that you have uninstalled may still be offered to you via Windows Update. Depending on how Windows Update is configured, it may even be downloaded and installed automatically again.
It is possible to block individual updates from being downloaded and installed automatically.
- Tap on the Windows-key and type Windows Update.
- Select the result from the list. This opens the windows Update Control Panel applet.
- Locate the update that you want to block and right-click it. Select hide update to do so.
Hiding the update blocks it from being downloaded and installed automatically.Â It can still be installed manually on the system though.
Our in-depth Windows Update guide offers additional information
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