- Why you might want to uninstall a Windows update
- How to uninstall a Windows update
- What to do if you can’t uninstall a Windows update
- How to prevent Windows updates from installing automatically
- How to hide a Windows update
- How to uninstall a driver update
- How to roll back a Windows update
- Troubleshooting tips for when an uninstall fails
- How to clean up after a failed Windows update
- Frequently asked questions about uninstalling Windows updates
If you’re not happy with a particular Windows update, you can uninstall it. Here’s how to do it.
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Why you might want to uninstall a Windows update
Microsoft releases new updates for Windows 10 on a regular basis, and while most of them are relatively minor, some can cause significant problems. If you find that an update has broken your PC or made it unstable, you might want to uninstall it. Here’s how to do it.
How to uninstall a Windows update
If you need to uninstall a Windows update because it’s causing problems with your computer, you can do it through the Control Panel. Here’s how:
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Click on “Add or Remove Programs.”
3. Select the “View installed updates” option from the left sidebar.
4. Right-click on the update you want to uninstall and select “Uninstall.”
5. Confirm that you want to uninstall the update and wait for the process to finish.
What to do if you can’t uninstall a Windows update
If you can’t uninstall an update from your device, it might be because:
-The uninstall option for the update is turned off.
-Your device is low on space and can’t temporarily delete files to make room for the uninstallation.
-Another program on your device is preventing the update from being uninstalled.
-Your device has a pending system restart that’s required to complete the uninstallation.
-You’re signed in as a guest or with a limited account that doesn’t have permission to remove the update.
-You or a virus protection program is blocking Windows Update from uninstalling the update.
If you’re still having trouble uninstalling an update, try restarting your device and then try again to uninstall the update. If that doesn’t work, try using Microsoft’s Program Install and Uninstall Troubleshooter tool.
How to prevent Windows updates from installing automatically
Windows updates are important, but they can also be a pain. If you’re like most people, you probably want to choose when they install so you can make sure your computer is working properly before installing them. Here’s how to prevent Windows updates from installing automatically.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Click on System and Security.
3. Click on Windows Update.
4. Click on Change settings.
5. Under Important updates, select the option that best suits your needs: Install updates automatically, Download updates but let me choose whether to install them, or Check for updates and let me choose whether to download and install them.
6. Click OK to save your changes.
How to hide a Windows update
Hiding a Windows update is a pretty simple process. Here’s how to do it:
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Select ‘System and Security.’
3. Select ‘Windows Update.’
4. In the left-hand pane, select ‘Change settings.’
5. Under ‘Important updates,’ select the drop-down menu and choose ‘Never check for updates (not recommended).’
6. Click ‘OK.’
How to uninstall a driver update
If you need to uninstall a driver update because it’s causing problems with your computer, you can use the Device Manager to uninstall it. Here’s how:
1. Open the Device Manager. You can do this by searching for “device manager” in the Start menu.
2. In the Device Manager, find the device that you want to update. For example, if you’re uninstalling a video card driver, expand the “Display adapters” category.
3. Right-click on the device and select “Uninstall device” from the context menu.
4. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to uninstall the device. Select “Uninstall” to continue.
5. After the uninstall is complete, restart your computer if prompted, and then check to see if your problem has been resolved.
How to roll back a Windows update
If you’re having problems with a recently installed Windows update, you can try rolling back the update to its previous version. Here’s how:
1. Right-click the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > View your update history.
2. Under Update History, select Uninstall updates.
3. Select the update that you want to roll back, then select Uninstall.
4. Restart your PC when prompted.
Troubleshooting tips for when an uninstall fails
If you’re having trouble uninstalling a Windows update, try these troubleshooting tips.
How to clean up after a failed Windows update
If your computer succumbs to a virus, or you install a bad driver update and things go wrong, you can use the Windows System Restore feature to roll things back to the way they were. But what happens if System Restore fails, or you can’t get it to work? In that case, you’ll need to uninstall the bad driver or app manually. Here’s how:
1. Launch the Control Panel. In Windows 10, type “Control Panel” into the Cortana search box next to the Start button. In Windows 7, open the Start menu and search for “Control Panel.”
2. Click on “View installed updates” under Programs and Features. This will open a list of all the updates that have been installed on your computer, including ones that may have caused problems.
3. Find the update that you want to remove in the list and double-click it. This will open the Update Properties window.
4. Click on the Uninstall button. This will launch the Windows Update cleanup process which will remove the update from your computer.
Frequently asked questions about uninstalling Windows updates
If you’re having trouble with a particular Windows update, you may want to try uninstalling it. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about uninstalling updates in Windows.
Can I uninstall a particular Windows update?
In most cases, yes. However, some important updates may not be uninstallable. We recommend that you only uninstall an update if you’re experiencing problems with it.
How do I uninstall a Windows update?
You can uninstall a Windows update via the Control Panel. To do this, open the Control Panel, select “Programs and Features,” and then select “View installed updates.” From here, you can select the update that you want to uninstall and click “Uninstall.”
What happens if I uninstall a particular Windows update?
If you’re having problems with a particular update, uninstalling it may resolve those issues. However, it’s important to note that uninstalling an update may cause other issues, such as instability or performance problems. We recommend that you only uninstall an update if you’re sure that doing so will fix your problem.