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How to uninstall updates in Windows 10

How to uninstall updates in Windows 10

by AshwinJune 28, 2018

Many users believe that Windows 10 updates cannot be disabled. More importantly, they also think that installed updates cannot be removed. We are here to tell you how to uninstall updates in Windows 10. 

It is easier than you think. You don’t have to use any tools for this, or even edit the Windows Registry. Regardless of that, you should always create a system restore point, and backup your data before uninstalling a Windows Update, just in case it causes an issue. 

How to uninstall updates in Windows 10 

  1. Open the Settings app from the Start Menu.
  2. Navigate to the “Update & Security” section.
  3. In the right pane of the Windows Update screen, choose the “View update history”.
  4. This screen has an “Uninstall updates” option.
  5. Clicking it opens the Control Panel view, which lists every Windows Update that is installed on your computer.

How to uninstall updates in Windows 10

You can also reach this screen from the Control Panel. It is available from the Programs and Features screen, which you use to uninstall applications from your computer. Simply select the “View installed updates” option from the sidepanel. Both methods involve the same number of mouse-clicks, but you can launch the Settings app using the key combo Control + I, which makes it the slightly faster way to reach the said screen. 

To uninstall an update, you just have to highlight an update and right click on it, and click on the Uninstall option. 

Can I uninstall major Windows Updates this way? 

No. You can only install the Windows Updates that are listed on the screen, and this does not revert to a previous major Windows Update (like from the April Update to the Creators Update). You should also know that the list of the installed updates only includes the most recent ones. 

When should you Uninstall a Windows Update? 

That is something that only you can decide. Maybe if your computer is sluggish, or has begun crashing right after installing an update, you may have no choice at all. But you may also want to check third party applications which may be causing the issue.  

If you are not an advanced user, perhaps you would be better off, not uninstalling any update and avoiding further issues. Even if you are tech-savvy we recommend searching for more information about the update using the KB (knowledge base) number, which you can find on the Uninstall Updates screen, before uninstalling any of the updates.