Is your computer acting up? We guide you through how khổng lồ uninstall a Windows 10 update và return to an earlier version of your operating system


Knowing how to uninstall a Windows 10 update is an important skill to lớn have. While most of the time those updates bring important bug fixes, security patches và new features, occasionally you"ll find that installing an update can cause all sorts of annoying issues that cause your computer lớn go nuts on you.

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The good news is that learning how khổng lồ uninstall a Windows 10 update & roll back to lớn an earlier version of your operating system (OS) is often enough lớn fix the problem. While we vày recommend that you always keep your PC or laptop up to date with the latest protections, sometimes uninstalling that particular update is the only way to lớn go.

If you have the best computer or the best Windows laptop, a botched update can cause all sorts of chaos from failures khổng lồ boot và issues with the desktop và start menu lớn major problems across the entire OS. Thankfully, when it coms khổng lồ rolling back khổng lồ an earlier version of your OS, you"ll find a variety of methods available khổng lồ you.

In fact, a lot of people who upgraded khổng lồ Windows 11 are going through the process of figuring out how khổng lồ downgrade from Windows 11 lớn Windows 10 after deciding that they"d prefer khổng lồ stick with their old OS until 2025, when it will no longer be supported. It"s a far less tricky thing to vì chưng than you might imagine & the same can be said when it comes to lớn figuring out how to lớn uninstall a Windows 10 update.

To help make navigating this whole experience an absolute walk in the park, we talk you through several different methods you can use, including uninstalling the update in settings và the control panel & using the advanced startup feature. Follow these steps & you"ll be able to uninstall a Windows 10 update in no time at all. Let"s take a look...

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1. View recent Windows 10 updates

Thankfully, Microsoft makes it easy to view and uninstall recent Windows 10 updates. The quickest way to bởi vì this is via the Settings app that comes bundled with Windows 10.

Click the Start button, then click the Settings cog. Once the Settings phầm mềm opens, click Update và Security. From the menu in the centre of the window, click “View update history,” then “Uninstall updates” in the top-left corner.

This will open a Control Panel window listing all the recently installed updates to lớn your computer. By default, this danh mục is filtered into groups and sorted with the most recent updates at the top.

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2. Uninstall updates in Settings và the Control Panel

Scroll down lớn the Microsoft Windows section, then click on the update at the đứng top of the list. It should be the one with the most recent install date.

Take a lưu ý of its full name and Knowledge Base (KB) number, as these might come in useful later. If you can’t find và update & know its name or KB number, you can use the tìm kiếm box in the top-right corner lớn find it.

At the top of the updates table, click Uninstall. You will be prompted as lớn whether you’re sure you want to lớn uninstall the update; click Yes. Now let Windows complete the uninstallation process, which may require a restart.

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3. No luck? Use Advanced startup

If the standard Settings approach doesn’t work, you can try restarting your computer & uninstalling an update before you boot into Windows.

By doing this before Windows 10 loads, you can potentially avoid loading programs that could block or otherwise interfere with the uninstallation process.

Open the Settings app, then click Update và Security. In the left-hand column, click Recovery. Near the bottom of the window is the “Advanced startup” section; click “Restart now” khổng lồ reboot your computer in Advanced startup mode.

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4. Navigate through Advanced startup

When your computer restarts, you’ll be greeted with the Advanced startup menu. This is useful in a variety of situations, such as if you need khổng lồ install Windows from a USB drive or a recovery DVD. However, in this case you’ll want to click the Troubleshoot option.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll see two choices: “Reset this PC” & “Advanced options;” choose the latter lớn progress with the uninstallation process. On the following screen there are various options, including Startup Repair, System Restore, Command Prompt, và more. Instead, click "Uninstall Updates".

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5. Quality update or feature update?

On the next screen are two options: “Uninstall latest quality update” và “Uninstall latest feature update.” The KB number you noted down earlier should tell you what type of update it is with a quick mạng internet search.

Click the appropriate option và your PC will restart (it may take a few minutes). Once it’s restarted, enter your Windows 10 login info và click Continue.

Click “Uninstall unique update” or “Uninstall feature update” (depending on what you chose earlier in this step) and the update will be removed. Finally, restart your PC if you are prompted to vì chưng so.

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6. Still not working? Try the command prompt

Sometimes, an update will simply refuse to be uninstalled properly via either the Settings ứng dụng or Advanced startup method.

In times lượt thích this, you can use the command prompt to force Windows 10 khổng lồ uninstall the patch. Once again, you’ll need the update’s chất lượng KB number to uninstall the update.

Be aware that the Windows 10 command prompt lets you type commands directly into Windows và has no graphical user interface, so you should only follow the next few steps if you’re confident that you know what you’re doing.

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7. Mở cửa the Windows 10 command prompt

Now that you have the KB number, you’ll need to mở cửa the Windows 10 command prompt và run the Windows Update Standalone Installer (or WUSA) khổng lồ uninstall the update that’s causing you bother.

Open the Windows 10 command prompt by typing “cmd” into the Windows 10 search box.

The đứng top result should say Command Prompt; right-click it, then click “Run as administrator” to lớn make sure you can carry out the tasks you need to do. The following steps will outline a few of your options, all of which should hopefully vày the job.

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8. Uninstall a stubborn update with WUSA

In the Windows command prompt, type:

wusa /uninstall /KB:UpdateIDReplace "UpdateID" with the KB number of the update you want removed.

For example, if the update’s ID number is KB4573019, type:

wusa /uninstall /KB:4573019into the command prompt window, then press Enter & follow the on-screen prompts. Let WUSA uninstall the update; it will tell you when it’s complete or if any errors occur during its operations. You may then have khổng lồ restart your computer so the uninstall process can be finished.

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9. Extra WUSA options

If you’d rather not have the on-screen prompts và just want khổng lồ let WUSA get on with the uninstallation process, showroom “/quiet” khổng lồ the end of the instructions before pressing Enter. For instance, the example in step 8 would become:

wusa /uninstall /KB:4573019 /quietThere are other options you can địa chỉ cửa hàng to the instructions: /norestart or /forcerestart will, as their names suggest, prevent or force your PC to lớn restart when finished.

If you want to lớn avoid all prompts except the restart prompt, use /quiet và /warnrestart – for example:

wusa /uninstall /KB:4573019 /quiet /warnrestart
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10. Kiểm tra the WUSA log

If you use WUSA, you can check its log to lớn make sure the update was successfully uninstalled. Type “event viewer” into the Windows 10 search box & click the đứng đầu result. In the left-hand column, click the arrow next to sự kiện Logs lớn expand your options, then click Setup.

To show only WUSA events, click Filter Current Log in the right-hand pane, then tick the checkbox next lớn WUSA in the “Event sources” drop-down menu and click OK. Double-click on the relevant WUSA sự kiện to get more information, including any error messages that were generated.

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