Microsoft automatically installs cumulative updates in the background. However, some end up breaking your system. Here is how to uninstall updates if you need to.
Windows 10 will automatically install cumulative updates in the background. Cumulative updates provide important security and system improvements that are meant to improve your experience and keep you safe. However, sometimes an update will cause problems with your computer. Maybe your system becomes unstable or the update breaks a specific app or service. You will usually notice the problem after installing the update. And while you could spend hours figuring out a specific fix, sometimes it’s just easier to uninstall the update.
Uninstall Windows 10 Cumulative Updates
Open Settings by hitting Windows Key + I on your keyboard and click Update & Security and under the “Check for updates” button click on the View Update History link.
There you will see a list of the update history of recent cumulative and other updates, but you want to click on the Uninstall Updates link at the top of the page.
That will open the classic Control Panel page that also contains a list of recently installed updates. And this is where you can uninstall them. It’s also worth noting that this list only allows you to uninstall cumulative updates that were installed since the feature update.
Scroll down and find the update you want to get rid of, right-click on it and choose Uninstall. For example, in my case, a feature on one of my PCs stopped working after installing KB4476976. You will be prompted to verify you want to uninstall it and see a progress bar during the uninstall process.
After uninstalling the update, you will be prompted to restart your computer to apply the changes.
If uninstalling the update fixes your issue, you might want to consider deferring future updates. On Windows 10 Pro you can defer cumulative updates for up to 35 days. To do that, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options and scroll down and turn on the switch to pause updates.
But if you’re on Windows 10 Home, at the time of this writing, you will need to block the update using a Metered Connection. However, Microsoft is giving users a bit more control over updates. Starting with the next major feature update (currently in testing as 19H1), you will have the option to pause update directly from the Windows Update screen.
Keeping Track of Windows Updates
We try to cover Windows 10 updates closely and when a new update is released, we’ll let you know usually the day it becomes available. But it’s also important to note that you can find all the details about a previous update anytime. Reading the update release notes is important when you’re trying to troubleshoot an issue. It helps you decide if one of the “fixes” is to blame, and each page lists known issues as well as their workarounds. And this is where it’s important to pay attention to the update versions or the “KB numbers”.
Head to Settings > Update & Security and click the “View Update History” link. There you will see a list of recently installed updates and clicking on any one of them will bring you to the official Microsoft knowledge base article that provides a full list of fixes, known issues, and workarounds.
Remember, this is for uninstalling the cumulative updates that are usually launched on Patch Tuesday each month. These include a bunch of individual updates all wrapped up into one download. If you want better control of your Windows 10 updates, check out our article on how to install specific Windows 1o updates with the help of a free app.