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Windows Update - Uninstall an Update

How to Uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Published by Brink
11 Sep 2009
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How to Uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8


information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to uninstall a Windows Update.

Note   Note
You can remove some updates, but not updates that affect important operating system files. You should remove an update only if you're sure that it's causing a problem.

If you want, you can reinstall the update later by going to Windows Update in the Control Panel and checking again for updates.





OPTION ONE
Uninstall Windows Update through Installed Updates
1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Installed Updates.

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Windows Update icon.
A) In the left pane of Windows Update, click/tap on the Installed Updates link at the bottom, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
-windows_update.jpg
3. Open View update history, click/tap on the Installed Updates link at the top, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
-option1.jpg
4. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Programs and Features icon.
A) In the left pane of Programs and Features, click/tap on the View installed updates link at the top, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)
-step2.jpg
5. Double click/tap on a Windows Update that you want to uninstall, OR select a listed Windows Update that you want to uninstall and click/tap on the Uninstall toolbar button. (see screenshot below)
-step3.jpg
6. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes to approve.

7. When finished, you can close the Installed Updates window if you like.

Note   Note
Uninstalling some updates may require you to restart the computer to finish uninstalling the update. You will be notified to restart if the update does.





OPTION TWO
Uninstall Windows Update in Command Prompt
1. For how, see: How to Uninstall Windows Update from Console Level
That's it,
Shawn




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21 Jun 2010   #1
Elliott564

64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

thank you


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21 Jun 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Elliott.
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21 Jun 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In Vista there used to be updates that came without an uninstaller. I wonder whether that is still the case in Win7.
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21 Jun 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Wolfgang,

Yes, those same type of Windows Updates are in Windows 7 as well that cannot be uninstalled.
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21 Jun 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Shawn. I wonder what their logic is. I remember a couple of Vista updates (just prior to SP1) that were faulty but could not be uninstalled. And if you did not detect the problem soon, you lost the system restore capability too. Since then I am a fan of imaging.
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21 Jun 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm not sure why. I personally would like the option to be able unistall anything that was installed no matter what. I agree, creating a system image before installing anything that changes the system would be a very good idea as a great fail safe.
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01 Sep 2010   #7
artinusa

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Very interesting and informative information and very useful..I for one appreciate all the effort put into this group This whole series is very educational and written for the layman..with enough info to understood by most
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13 Jan 2011   #8
NeilB91

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks very much Brink, much appreciated.
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13 Jan 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Neil, and welcome to Seven Forums.
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