How to uninstall updates and patches in Windows 10

In Windows 7, there is an option to view, search and uninstall  update history in the Windows Update program.

Where is this functionality in Windows 10 ?

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It also exists in windows 10.use the following steps:

  • open Settings
  • Update and security >Windows updates
  • Click Advanced options
  • Click View your updates History

If you want to Uninstall updates, click uninstall updates on the top, the page installed updates would open and you can uninstall updates easily by right clicking the specific update.

OR

Just type in Installed updates in the search bar on the taskbar and Install updates would be shown, which can also be used to uninstall updates.

Hope it helps.

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This only helps temporarily... until Windows 10 forces the same patch to be installed within 24 hours.  If there is a reason to uninstall a patch, how do we stop the patch from being automatically reinstalled?

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Hi Glenn,

Thank you for responding.

I understand the inconvenience caused to you with the Windows updates being installed on your device.

I would like to inform that, in addition to replacing updated drivers via the Device Manager or uninstalling recent updates via the Control Panel, Microsoft has also released a troubleshooter that allows you to hide updates and thus prevent Windows from reinstalling them until a revised version becomes available.

Download the troubleshooter wushowhide.diagcab from Microsoft; it’s a standalone application, no installation required.

  • From the initial screen, click Next.
  • The troubleshooter will now detect problems and look for updates. On the following screen, you can either choose to Hide updates or Show hidden updates.
  • Click Hide updates, select the offending update/s, and click Next to resolve the issue.
  • To restore an update, select Show hidden updates from the respective screen, select the hidden update, and click Next.
  • The troubleshooter will do its magic and you should finally see a confirmation that problems were resolved.

Hope it helps. Try the above and update us the status of this issue, we will be happy to help you further.

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Glenn, 

do as Deepika says and have a look here which gives you more control over the updates:

www.askvg.com/fixing-windows-10-automatic-updates-install-problem/

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I need to remove uninstalled updates from windows 10. My machine is 6 years old and the updates are apparently incompatible. I know I need a new machine but it's not in the budget right now. I believe I have stopped the automatic update process but I still have uninstalled updates that are crashing my PC every time I restart it.

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Thanks for offering this fix.  I'm trying to uninstall the update KB3211320, dates 1/25/2017, which I believe is the Anniversary Update.  I see that update as the most recent one on the "Uninstall an update" page.  However, right-clicking on that one and a few others yields no result, although I get an uninstall option on the rest.

Is there a workaround for this, a way I can get at this update?  It has disabled my computer.

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Hi Dave,

You can uninstall an update by going to Settings>Update & security>Windows Update>Advanced option>View your update history>Uninstall update.

If you have more concerns, feel free to post.

Regards.

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Thanks, Allen.  That's exactly what I did - and what didn't work.  I found the workaround, however.  It involved changing it from permanent to removable in the Windows\servicing\packages folder, then Control Panel - Sstem - Advanced - System Properties - Hardware Device Installation Settings - choose NO. 

I was able to uninstall the update and keep it from reinstalling, but the problem isn't fixed yet.

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I was able to uninstall the update and keep it from reinstalling [by disabling "auto-updates"]

You may have removed the update but you didn't uninstall it.
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~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
Microsoft MVP (Windows Client) since October 2002

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I uninstalled update KB4013429 which prevented Realplayer from playing videos,

and then the player worked well.

But Windows 10 auto reinstalled this file. 

I did it twice, it is a very lengthy procedure, it takes 25 minutes of spinning wheels.

There is no way to stop auto reinstall. Windows 10 does not allow this. 

Any ideas or help suggestions?

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