How do I completely uninstall Windows Update?

ho to uninstall windows update

Is your computer’s Windows often crashing after installing some recent updates? Some updates are incompatible with your present hardware or installed software, and it can cause a crash. So, change your hardware and software, which is pretty much a hassle, or you can simply uninstall Windows update to solve the issue.

 If you are having problems with a particular update, it’s better to uninstall it, keeping your PC’s security in mind. You must ensure that the uninstallation process won’t cause any harm because taking this action can make your computer vulnerable to attacks.

In this article, we will show you all the possible methods you can use in this uninstallation process. 

How to uninstall Windows Update?

Most of the time, keeping your computer up to date with the latest Windows 11 update is essential. But when your PC faces issues like crashing or BSOD errors, it’s recommended to uninstall the update and return to the previous Windows version. 

Now, to uninstall it, these are the methods that you can follow-

1. Uninstall updates from Windows Settings

Using Windows Settings App is the most common and used way of the uninstallation process-

  1. Press the Win + I key to open the Settings app.
  2. Click on the Windows Update option and search for Update History.
    going update history windows 11 settings
  3. Scroll down the screen to find the Uninstall updates option under Related settings.
    going uninstall updates windows 11 settings
  4. Choose an update you want to remove and click on Uninstall from the list.
    uninstalling windows 11 update
  5. Now, click on Uninstall again.

2. Uninstall Windows Update using CMD (Command Prompt) or Terminal

You can also uninstall the update using the command prompt or terminal which is a very renowned way-

  1. Press the Win + X keys to open the Power Menu.
  2. From the power menu, select the Terminal (Admin) option.
    opening terminal as admin windows 11
  3. Now, type the following command to see all the updates and hit Enter: wmic qfe list brief /format:table
    wmic qfe list brief format table terminal command
  4. After applying this command, a screen will appear which will show all the installed Windows 11 updates.
  5. Search for the updates you want to uninstall. 
  6. Then, Type the following command and press Enter: wusa /uninstall /kb:<KB number>
  7. Replace <KB number> with the KB number of the update you are planning to uninstall.
  8. For example, to uninstall the KB5005635 update, you have to type the following command and hit Enter: wusa /uninstall /kb:5005635
    wusa uninstall kbKB number terminal command
  9. Restart your computer after this uninstallation process.

Note: If you uninstall an update that another update requires, you may need to uninstall the other update as well. Also, you must know the KB number of the update you are proceeding to uninstall.

3. Use Advanced Startup Options Screen

Using the Advanced Startup Options screen can also be an easy way to =do your work-

  1. Open the Settings app like before.
  2. Navigate to System > Recovery.
    going recovery windows 11 settings
  3. Select the Restart button from the Advanced startup option to open the Advanced Startup Options screen.
    selecting restart now on advance startup Windows 11
  4. Now, head to Troubleshoot.
    Selecting troubleshoot in recovery mode
  5. Select Advanced Options.
  6. Select Uninstall Updates.
    selecting uninstall updates on advanced options
  7. Click on Uninstall latest quality update.
    selecting uninstall latest quality update on Advanced options
  8. Enter your administrator credentials if prompted.
  9. Click on Uninstall.
  10. Restart your computer.

4. Use a Batch File

You can uninstall one update at a time using the abovementioned methods, but the batch file method works best if you wish to uninstall several updates at the same time. To uninstall multiple updates at once, you need to create a batch file using the WUSA commands. Here’s how you can do it-

  1. Open Notepad on your computer.
  2.  Type the following command, then press Enter after each line:

@echo off

wusa /uninstall /kb:4601554 /quiet /norestart

wusa /uninstall /kb:4561600 /quiet /norestart

uninstall updates text command in text

  1. Select File> Save As.
    selecting save as in text
  2. Save the file as a .bat file.
    saving file as .bat
  3. Type and add command lines for the updates you want to uninstall and make proper adjustments to the KB number.
  4.  Double-click on the batch file to run it.
  5. Add shutdown at the end of the batch file if you want to reboot automatically after uninstalling the update.

5. Use IObit uninstaller

This installer can help you uninstall Windows updates-

  1. Download IObit Uninstaller.
  2. Now launch it.
  3. Select the Windows Updates tab.
  4. Click on the update you want to uninstall.
  5. Click on Uninstall button to uninstall the problematic update.
  6. Follow all the prompted instructions that will appear on the screen to uninstall the update. 
  7. You can also select multiple updates to uninstall them at once.

Note: Uninstalling an update that is required by a third-party application, the application may not work correctly.

We hope you can uninstall Windows update within a few minutes. You only have to follow one of the methods mentioned above that is convenient for you. 

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Hasibul Kabir is the founder of TechClassy. He is a Tech Blogger, Web Developer & Hobbyist Game Developer. He loves to write on technology, mainly Windows, macOS, iOS, etc.


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