How to Uninstall an Update in Windows 10

Sometimes you might need to uninstall an update you received through the Windows Update service. There are a number of situation you may want to get rid of it. For example, some update can affect the stability of the operating system on your hardware, or you want to remove the telemetry. Here is how you can uninstall a Windows Update in Windows 10.

Before proceeding, ensure that your user account has administrative privileges. Now, follow the instructions below.

To uninstall an update in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Update & security -> Windows Update.
  3. On the right, click the Update history link.
  4. On the next page, click the link Uninstall updates at the top. See the following screenshot:
  5. The following window will be opened.In the list, select the desired update and click the Uninstall button on the toolbar.
  6. If prompted, confirm the UAC request.

Tip: You can open the same window using the classic Control panel.

Uninstall an update using Control Panel

Open the Control panel and go to Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features.

On the left, click the link "View installed updates".

This will open the same dialog.

Uninstall an update in the Command prompt

It is possible to use a special tool, wusa, to uninstall updates in Windows 10. Wusa is a standalone update installer. You can use it in various automation scenarios, e.g. in batch files.
To learn the command syntax, press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type in the Run box:

wusa /?

This will open the following window.

In general case, to uninstall an update, open an elevated command prompt and enter the following command:

wusa /uninstall /kb:updateID

Substitute the updateID with the proper update ID you want to remove.

Tip: To get the list of the installed updates with IDs in the command prompt, type the following command:

wmic qfe list brief /format:table

You will get something like this:

That's it.

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2 thoughts on “How to Uninstall an Update in Windows 10

  1. Jim Sydow

    Sergey,
    I cannot uninstall KB4549951. Had to resort to the wusa Command prompt as no uninstall option in Controls Panels Program and Features “view installed updates”

    Using Command prompt as administrator ‘wusa /uninstall /kb: KB4549951’

    Error pop-up “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB4549951) is required by your computer and cannot be uninstalled.”

    So why suggest it to be uninstalled?

    Reply

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