The recently released Windows 8.1 Update features some changes which make it easier to work with the keyboard and the mouse. The Shutdown button on the Start screen, the title bar for Modern apps and ability to pin those apps to the taskbar are key features of this update. However, if you need to uninstall Windows 8.1 Update for some reason you can do so.
You have two options to uninstall it. The first one is the Control Panel way.
- Open the Control Panel
- Navigate to Control Panel\Programs
- Click the 'Installed updates' link under the 'Programs and Features' item.
Alternatively, you can press Win+R shortcut keys on your keyboard and type the following in the run box:
This command will open Installed updates directly. See the full list of the shell commands in Windows 8.1.
- Uninstall the following KBs:
- Reboot your PC and you are done
Some users reported that they are not able to uninstall those updates using the Control Panel options. If you are affected by this issue, you should try to uninstall Windows 8.1 Update using the command prompt and wusa utility. This method also works 100%.
- Open the command prompt as Administrator
- Type and execute the following commands, one by one:
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2949621 wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2938439 wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2937592 wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2932046 wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2919355
- Reboot your PC
That's it. Now you will have Windows 8.1 without Windows 8.1 Update.
In the future, Microsoft is going to make Update 1 mandatory for all Windows 8.1 PCs so you won't be able to update your OS unless you have Update 1 installed.