How to Uninstall Updates in Windows 11

Here's how to uninstall updates in Windows 11. This post will show you four different methods that you can use if a recent update is causing software malfunction for your computer.

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Windows 11 includes an automatic service Windows Update. It downloads new patches from Microsoft servers in the background and installs them on your computer. Once such an update installed, you often see a prompt to restart Windows 11 to finish the update process and replace system files that are currently in use.

Sometimes, updates include bugs that may affect device's stability. An update may cause some software error, or interfere with a driver. If you experienced issues after installing updates, you can install them. That will help you to restore your device back to normal.

Uninstall Updates in Windows 11

To uninstall an update in Windows 11, you can use the Settings app, the classic Control Panel, and Windows Terminal. Also, you can uninstall the latest quality update or feature update from the Advanced Startup screen. Some of these methods are version specific,as Microsoft constantly improves Windows 11 and changes how it works. Let's review all these methods.

Uninstall Updates in Windows 11 in Settings

Note: This method works starting with Windows 11 build 22523. Press Win + R and type winver in the Run dialog to see the build number you have installed.

To uninstall updates in Windows 11 with the Settings app, do the following.

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Settings from its context menu.Select Settings from the Start Button Context Menu
  2. Select Windows Update on the left.
  3. In the right pane, click the Update history item.click the Update history item
  4. On the next page, click on Uninstall updates.click on Uninstall updates
  5. Finally, click on the Uninstall link for the update in the list you want to uninstall.Uninstall Updates In Windows 11 With Settings

Done!

Now, let's review the method that involves the classic Control Panel. This method only works in Windows 11 builds released prior to 22523, as in later builds Microsoft has removed the appropriate options from the Control Panel.

Uninstall Updates in the Control Panel

  1. Press Win + R and type control in the Run box to open the Control Panel.Open Control Panel in Windows 11
  2. Click on the Programs > Programs and Features icon.Click on Programs > Programs and Features
  3. In the left pane, click the link View installed updates.click the link View installed updates
  4. Select the update in the list, and click on the Uninstall button.Uninstall Updates In Windows 11
  5. Click on Yes to confirm the removal.Click on Yes
  6. If the update you have removed requires a restart, confirm it by clicking on the eponymous button.Restart Windows 11 to finish uninstalling the update

You are done.

Now, let's see how to uninstall an update from Windows Terminal. This method works in all builds and versions of Windows 11, and involves the wusa command line tool.

Uninstall Updates in Windows 11 in Windows Terminal

  1. Press Win + X on the keyboard and select Windows Terminal (Admin) from the menu.Open Windows Terminal as Admin
  2. Enter the command wmic qfe list brief /format:table. Copy the KB from the output for the update you want to uninstall.List installed updates in Windows Terminal
  3. Now, type the following command and press Enter. wusa /uninstall /kb:updateID.
  4. Substitute the updateID with the proper patch number (KB) you want to remove. For example, to remove KB5006363, run the command wusa /uninstall /kb:5006363.Uninstall Updates in Windows 11 in Windows Terminal

You are done.

Finally, you can uninstall the latest quality or feature update using the advanced boot options screen.

Uninstall Latest Update in Advanced Startup Options

  1. Open the Start menu using the Win key.
  2. Click the Power icon, and hold the Shift key.
  3. Without releasing the Shift key, click the Restart item. Your PC will restart directly to the Advanced Startup options.
  4. Click on Troubleshoot.Click on Troubleshoot
  5. On the next screen, select Advanced options.select Advanced options
  6. On the Advanced options page, select the Uninstall Updates item.select the Uninstall Updates item
  7. Now, click on Uninstall latest quality update or Uninstall latest feature update for the update you want to remove.Windows 11 Uninstall Latest Update in Advanced Startup Options
  8. Finally, confirm the update removal on the last page.confirm the update removal
  9. Wait for Windows 11 to uninstall the update and click Done.Latest Update In Advanced Startup Options is Uninstalled

Done! Windows 11 will return back to the initial Choose an option screen. There, select Continue to start Windows 11 normally.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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