Microsoft regularly releases updates for Windows 11 to keep it running smoothly and securely on your computer. Of course, it’s up to you whether you want to install the update or not. Sometimes Windows updates make things difficult. Windows updates can sometimes go wrong and end up causing more problems than they solve.
Luckily, Windows 11 gives you several ways to remove a Windows Update. In this article, we’ll walk you through each of them. But first, let’s understand when to remove a Windows Update.
When Should You Uninstall a Windows Update
It’s a good idea to keep Windows up to date with its latest version. However, if you suspect that a recent Windows update has degraded your PC’s performance or broken some of its features, you can uninstall the problematic update.
Sometimes your PC may fail to boot due to faulty Windows update or improper installation. This can happen if you signed up for the Windows Insider Program.
Knowing how to remove a Windows update can help you if you encounter such circumstances.
1. Uninstall a Windows Update using the Settings app
The Settings app on Windows 11 has a dedicated Windows Update section that lets you view, download, and manage Windows updates. You can also use it to remove a Windows update. Here’s how.
Step 1: Right-click on the Start icon and select Settings from the list.
2nd step: Go to the Windows Update tab and click Update History.
Step 3: Under Related Settings, click Uninstall updates.
Step 4: Click the Uninstall button next to an update to remove it.
2. Uninstall a Windows Update using Control Panel
If you prefer to do things the old-fashioned way, you can also use Control Panel to uninstall a recent Windows update. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, type controland press Enter.
2nd step: Use the drop-down menu in the upper right corner to change the display type to Large Icons. Then go to Programs and Features.
Step 3: Click View Installed Updates in the left pane.
Step 4: In Microsoft Windows, right-click the Windows Update you want to remove and select Uninstall. Then click Yes to confirm.
3. Uninstall a Windows Update with Command Prompt or PowerShell
If you are comfortable and familiar with using the Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell to modify your Windows PC, you can also uninstall a Windows Update using either with a few commands. . Here’s how.
Step 1: Click the search icon on the taskbar, type Command Prompt Where WindowsPowerShelland click Run as administrator.
2nd step: In the console, paste the following command to view Windows update history:
wmic qfe list brief /format:table
Step 3: Write down the KB number of the Windows update you want to remove.
Step 4: Run the following command to uninstall a Windows Update:
wusa /uninstall /kb:number
Replace “number” in the above command with the knowledge base number that appears after using the recommendation in the previous step.
Step 5: Select Yes to continue when the “Windows Update Standalone Installer” dialog box appears.
Wait a few minutes and Windows will remove the specified update.
4. Uninstall a Windows Update via Windows Recovery Environment
You may experience that Windows update modifies critical system files when it fails to install properly. Thus, Windows may get stuck on the boot screen. You will need to boot your PC into Windows Recovery Environment to uninstall the problematic Windows update. Here’s how you can go about it.
Step 1: While your PC is booting up, press and hold the physical power button until it restarts. Repeat this step to interrupt the boot process three times.
On the fourth occasion, Windows will greet you with the “Automatic Repair” screen. Click Advanced Options to continue.
2nd step: Under Choose an option, click Troubleshoot.
Step 3: Go to advanced options.
Step 4: On the Advanced Options screen, click Uninstall Updates.
Step 5: You will see two options: “Uninstall the latest quality update” and “Uninstall the latest feature update”.
Quality Updates (also called Cumulative Updates) are monthly updates that contain fixes and bug fixes. On the other hand, feature updates are major semi-annual updates that include new features, improvements, and other significant operating system changes.
Step 6: Select the update you want to uninstall and enter your password to verify your identity. Then click Continue.
After uninstalling the update, Windows 11 will start normally.
Troubleshoot Windows 11
Knowing how to uninstall a Windows update can be helpful when troubleshooting Windows. You can use the above methods to safely remove a Windows update. Let us know which method you plan to use in the comments below.