It may occasionally become necessary to uninstall a Windows update. You should always download and install Windows Updates. In fact, we recommend automating the process so you never have to think about it ever again. If, however, an update has recently broken something on your computer, you may need to uninstall a Windows Update to fix the problem. This doesn’t mean the Windows Update was bad. It could just mean something happened during the download or installation process that caused the update to become corrupt.
If you successfully uninstall it, you should try to reinstall it again from the Microsoft Update site.
How To Uninstall A Windows Update
You can uninstall a bad or “stuck” update by going to Start>Control Panel>Programs>Programs and Features and then click View Installed Updates.
Click the update you want to remove and then click Uninstall. If asked for a confirmation, click yes.
The stuck Windows Update will then be removed and you can proceed to restart your computer and initiate the update again. You can visit the Windows Update site via the link in your start menu.
Uninstall A Windows Update Then Prevent It From Reinstalling
Sometimes an update can just be bad. No matter how many times you try and install it, the update fails or causes problems. While you should make every effort to install all “critical updates,” there are “optional updates” that can be skipped it they’re conflicting with your system. To prevent a Windows Update from installing, click Start>Programs>Windows Update. Off to the left, click Check For Available Update. Windows will scan for missing updates. Click View Available Updates.
Next, right-click the bad update and then choose Hide Update. This particular update will no longer be downloaded and installed on your computer.
In conclusion, Windows updates are a necessary security or functionality improvement for your computer. However, things can sometimes go wrong and either prevent your computer from working correctly or become an annoyance with continuous error messages popping up about the failed update. Knowing how to handle these rare occurrences will enable you to uninstall a Windows Update and fix the problem once and for all.
The following Video demonstrates how to perform the above steps to uninstall a Windows update: