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.
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.
The way you do that works similar in all recent versions of Windows.
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.
Hiding the update blocks it from being downloaded and installed automatically. It can still be installed manually on the system though.
Our in-depth Windows Update guide offers additional information
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