Windows 11: How to uninstall a Windows Update (4 ways)

How to uninstall a windows update if its causing problem or Windows 11 is not loading

Microsoft regularly releases windows updates with several bug fixes and security updates. And installing regular windows updates keep your device up to date with the latest security patches and features. That’s why it’s essential to install the latest windows 11 updates on your device to keep it running smoothly and securely. However, sometimes Microsoft rolls out an update that may crash your computer or cause other problems. And probably you’d need to uninstall the Windows updates to get rid of the problem that started recently. For this reason, this article Guides you, how to uninstall windows updates on Windows 11 or Windows 10 PC.

How to Uninstall windows 11 update

Luckily, there are different ways to uninstall a windows update. Let’s assume, a problem started after installing the latest Windows 11 KB5023706 update released on 14 Feb 2023. The company released this update to fix various bugs with windows 11 but for a few users, it’s causing a blue screen error or .netframework applications not working or a black screen at startup.

And the only solution to correct this problem uninstall the recent windows update. To do this follow the steps described below:

Uninstall windows updates via Settings

You can uninstall a problematic windows update from Windows 11 settings app follow the steps below.

  • First, you need to open the Settings app in Windows 11. To do this, click on the Start menu, then ” Settings ” or use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I.
  • In the left pane, click ” Windows Update “, then click “Update History ” in the right part. Next, click on “ Uninstall updates ”.
  • Select the problematic update, then right-click on it and click ” Uninstall “.

uninstall windows 11 updates

  • Confirm the removal of the update by clicking ” Yes “. and Wait a few minutes while the update uninstalls.

confirm uninstall windows update

  • Finally, click on “ Restart now ” to complete the uninstallation process. That’s it, Windows Update has been uninstalled from your Windows 11 PC.

Remove windows update Via Command Prompt

Also, you can remove or uninstall a windows update using the command prompt. It’s easy and quick, but you need to know the kb number, Let’s see how to do this.

First, we have to Open a new Command Prompt window. To do this, click on the start menu, then search for “cmd ” (without the quotes) and click on ” Run as administrator ” in the right pane.

open command prompt as administrator

  • Click on Yes, if UAC prompts for permission.
  • Now type the command wmic qfe list brief /format: table and press enter key to display the update history or installed windows update list.

command to display installed windows update list

  • In the list of updates that appear, locate the problematic update using its “HotfixID”.
  • Then, type the command wusa /uninstall /kb:HotFixID and press enter key on the keyboard to uninstall the update from your computer.

Note: in the command below, replace ” KBhotfixid ” with the KB number corresponding to the update you wish to uninstall. For example, the following command will remove update KB5023706:

wusa /uninstall /KB:5023706

uninstall windows update using command prompt

To confirm the uninstallation of the update, click ” Yes “.

Here you are, you have just uninstalled the update that was causing problems on your Windows 11 PC.

Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

Well, if windows won’t start normally after installing the latest Windows update, or you think it’s an update causing the issue. In such case, you have the option to uninstall the windows update using the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). To do this, follow these instructions:

Go to Advanced Boot Options (WinRE). You can perform the command shutdown /r /o to restart your PC and boot into the Windows recovery environment.

Or you need to boot from installation media, Click on Repair your computer -> Troubleshoot then Advanced Options.

Repair your computer

Finally, you will get the advanced options screen with various options, including Startup Repair, System Restore, Command Prompt, and more. Instead, click ‘Uninstall Updates.

uninstall updates from advanced options

  • Finally, click on the “Uninstall the latest quality update” option. Confirm the uninstallation of the last problematic quality update by clicking on the ” Uninstall a quality update ” button.

There you go, you have just uninstalled the most recent update that was causing problems on your Windows 11 PC.

Via Safe Mode

Safe mode is a diagnostic mode of a computer operating system, and its widely used for removing rogue security software. Also, you can start windows 11 in safe mode and try to uninstall the windows update following the steps below.

  • Begin by starting your PC in safe mode, here is an article guide you, different methods to start windows 11 in safe mode.
  • Once your Windows 11 PC has booted into Safe Mode, open the Control Panel. To do this, press the Windows key + R simultaneously, type control panel and press ok or hit the enter key,
  • From the Control Panel, click on “Programs”, Next, click on “View installed updates”.
  • Finally, select the update you want to remove, then click the ” Uninstall ” button. Confirm deletion and restart your PC.

uninstall windows update from safe mode

That’s all! The update that was causing problems on your Windows 11 PC has been uninstalled.

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