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    Windows Update - Uninstall an Update

    Windows Update - Uninstall an Update

    How to Uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8
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    How to Uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 7 and Windows 8


       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
    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 - Uninstall an Update-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)
    Windows Update - Uninstall an Update-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)
    Windows Update - Uninstall an Update-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)
    Windows Update - Uninstall an Update-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
    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


    That's it,
    Shawn







  1. Posts : 24
    64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate
       #1

    thank you
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  2. Posts : 70,219
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       #2

    You're most welcome Elliott. :)
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  3. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
       #3

    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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  4. Posts : 70,219
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       #4

    Hello Wolfgang,

    Yes, those same type of Windows Updates are in Windows 7 as well that cannot be uninstalled.
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  5. whs
    Posts : 26,213
    Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
       #5

    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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  6. Posts : 70,219
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       #6

    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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  7. Posts : 229
    Windows 7 64 bit
       #7

    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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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #8

    Thanks very much Brink, much appreciated.
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  9. Posts : 70,219
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       #9

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