How to uninstall Windows 10 updates manually

In this guide, we will highlight the steps to uninstall Windows
10 updates if it is causing Blue Screen of Death, performance
issues, system crashes and other critical problems on your
computer. In addition, we will also explain how you can prevent
your device from installing the buggy update again.

Windows 10 is updated at least two times a month with quality
improvements, but there are a few cases where upgrading to a
new version isn’t something you ever want to do. If a monthly
patch brings one of the bugs you can’t deal with you might want
to uninstall Windows 10 updates manually.

Removing Windows 10 updates and installing an older version of
the OS is not without its own set of headaches. For example, if
you roll back to the older version, your device might start
working again, but you’ll be missing security improvements,
which were addressed in the last update.

Uninstall Windows Updates using Settings

To uninstall Windows 10 updates using Settings app, use these
steps:

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Click on cog icon to launch Settings page
    or type Settings.
  3. Click on Update & security.
    Updates and Security
  4. Click on the View Update History.
    View update history
  5. Identify the update that you wish to remove.
  6. Note the KB number of the patch.
  7. Click on Uninstall updates.
    Uninstall updates screen
  8. In Control Panel, search for the update using the KB
    number.
    Uninstall Windows 10 update
  9. Select the update that you want to uninstall.
  10. Click on OK to uninstall the update.

If you’re unsure about the KB number of the faulty update, you
can also use the “installed on” date filter in Control Panel to
identify the latest updates.

Uninstall Windows Update using Command Prompt

You can uninstall updates you no longer need straight from the
Command Prompt. First, you’ll have to know the KB number of the
update and the basics of the Command Prompt.

To uninstall Windows 10 update using Command Prompt, use these
steps:

  1. Open Windows Search.
  2. Type cmd.
  3. Select “Command Prompt” in the results.
  4. Click on Run as an administrator.
  5. Enter the following command after
    replacing the KB ID:

    uninstall: wusa /uninstall /kb:[id]
  6. For example, if you want to remove
    KB5001330, use the command uninstall: wusa
    /uninstall /kb:5001330
  7. Type “Y” when asked to restart the PC and finish the
    uninstallation.

If you want to automatically restart the computer after the
update is removed, you can use the following command instead:

wusa /uninstall /kb:[id] /quiet

If you want to get a prompt asking you to restart the computer,
use the following command instead:

wusa /uninstall /kb:[id] /quiet /promptrestart

If you don’t want to restart the computer after removing the
patch, use the following command:

wusa /uninstall /kb:[id] /quiet /norestart

Note that you must restart the computer manually to properly
remove the patch. The above command will only delay the process
and system reboot is still mandatory.

Uninstall Windows Update using DISM tool

Some updates cannot be removed even if you use WSUS for Command
Prompt (PowerShell), Settings or Control Panel. This is because
there are updates that are required by your computer and the
process might fail with the following error message:

Security update for Microsoft Windows is required by
your computer and cannot be uninstalled.

To remove uninstallable updates using the DISM tool, use these
steps:

  1. Open Command Prompt (admin) window.
  2. Enter the following command:
    dism /online /get-packages | clip
  3. Open Notepad and paste the contents from the clipboard.

In Notepad, use the “Find” feature to check if the faulty
update is installed. Note that some updates cannot be found
using their KB ID. In this case, you need to enter the last
three or four digits of the build number.

DISM

For example, if you want to remove Build 19042.928 (KB5001330),
search for 928 in the list.

Copy update KB ID

As shown in the above screenshot, select and copy the package
identity.

The command to remove updates using DISM is dism
/Online /Remove-Package /PackageName
:[package_ID]

In the same Command Prompt or another instance, enter the
following command after replacing the package ID with the one
that you copied earlier.

  dism /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~19041.928.1.10

Uninstall Windows Updates with DISM

If you followed the steps correctly, you will see the above
screen in your Command Prompt window.

Restart the computer in CMD

Once done, enter “Y” to restart the computer now.

How to block Windows Updates

After the update has been removed from your system, it needs to
be blocked manually if you don’t want to install it again when
you check for updates next time.

To block a particular Windows 10 update, follow these steps:

  1. Download and open the “Show or hide
    updates
    ” troubleshooter package from Microsoft’s website.
  2. Open the tool and click on Next.
  3. Click on Hide updates.
  4. Select the updates that you want to hide.
  5. Click on Next to block that faulty Windows update from
    appearing again.

If you want to reinstall the updates, launch the same tool
again and unhide the updates.

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