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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Uninstall

How to Uninstall the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Published by Brink
22 Jul 2010
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How to Uninstall the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

information   Information
This will show you how to uninstall the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) in case you are having issues with it.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
If you still have the SP1 beta or RC installed, then you will need to uninstall them using an option in the tutorial below before they stop running and install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM afterwards.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta will stop running on June 30, 2011.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RC will stop running on November 30, 2011.

In order of release:
Beta = prerelease beta build of SP1
RC = Release Candidate build of SP1
RTM = Release to Market final version SP1

warning   Warning
  • If you used the Windows 7 SP1 Disk Cleanup Tool, then you will not be able to uninstall the SP1. Instead you would have to reinstall Windows 7 and the SP1 afterwards.
  • If your computer (ex: OEM) came with Windows 7 SP1 already installed or you installed Windows 7 using a Windows 7 with SP1 installation disc (ex: retail or slipstreamed), then you will not be able to uninstall SP1.





OPTION ONE
Uninstall Windows 7 SP1 Beta, RC, or RTM using Programs and Features
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on Programs and Features.

2. Click on the View installed updates link in the left pane. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you don't see Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB 976932) in the list of installed updates, or if the uninstall option is disabled, use System Restore (OPTION THREE below) to uninstall the service pack.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Uninstall-step1.jpg
3. Click on Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932) to uninstall. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You could also select Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932) and click on the "Uninstall" button on the toolbar, or right click on Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932) and click on "Uninstall".
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Uninstall-step2.jpg
4. Click on Yes. (see screenshot below)
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5. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will now start uninstalling. It will take a bit to complete.

6. When prompted, restart the computer to finish.



OPTION TWO
Uninstall Windows 7 SP1 Beta, RC, or RTM using a Elevated Command Prompt
1. Open a elevated command prompt (Run as administrator).

2. In the elevated command prompt, copy and paste the command below and press enter.
Wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:976932
3. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will now start uninstalling. It will take a bit to complete.

4. When prompted, restart the computer to finish.



OPTION THREE
Uninstall Windows 7 SP1 Beta, RC, or RTM using System Restore

WARNING: Doing a System Restore will also remove any programs and revert any system changes that have been made since you installed the service pack. System Restore will not affect any personal files in your user folders.
1. Do a system restore using a restore point that has the same date or before you installed the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
NOTE: The restore point created automatically when you installed the SP1 beta will be labelled either Install: Windows Update or Install: Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
That's it,
Shawn





22 Jul 2010   #1
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Strange. Mine says it expires on March 31, 2011.

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Says it will first remind you on March 30, 2011, then expire June 30, 2011 here.

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Kind of weird.




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22 Jul 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Indeed.
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22 Jul 2010   #3
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

I was wondering how to uninstall SP1 Beta and here you go !
Thanks Shawn !
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26 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome Shyam.
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26 Jul 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Nice one, Shawn.
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26 Jul 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Ray.
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26 Jul 2010   #7
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Very nice tutorial Brink
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26 Jul 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Kathryn.
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16 Aug 2010   #9
bagavan

Windows 8 Professional x64
 
 

Excellent tutorial Brink Keep it up !!
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