Removing an Update

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated September 23, 2019)

On rare occasions, a Windows Update may have adverse effects on your system. In times like these, you may decide to remove the update in order to have the system run without it. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Display the Control Panel.
  2. Click the Programs category.
  3. Under the Programs and Features heading, click View Installed Updates. Windows displays the Installed Update screen. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. Windows Update history screen.

  5. Select the update you want to remove by clicking on it once. The screen changes slightly, displaying an Uninstall link just to the right of the Organize drop-down list.
  6. Click the Uninstall link. Windows asks you if you really want to uninstall the update.
  7. Click Yes. The update is uninstalled.

When you're finished uninstalling updates, close the Control Panel window. You may also need to restart your system to finish an uninstall.

 This tip (5647) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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