How to Uninstall Updates in Windows 11

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The article provides a step-by-step guide on how to uninstall or remove updates in Windows 11. While it is typically not recommended to remove updates due to their role in patching vulnerabilities and improving system stability, the piece highlights that some updates may lead to operational issues, necessitating removal. Instructions are given for uninstalling updates…

This article describes the steps to uninstall or remove Windows updates in Windows 11.

By default, Windows automatically downloads the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes and then schedules an install. Windows will try to install the updates automatically when the computer is idle and not actively in use.

Microsoft recommends these updates for Windows systems. They are released to fix issues, patch security vulnerabilities, and improve system stability and performance.

However, some updates may cause Windows devices to malfunction and cause issues. Microsoft will typically notify users and provide a workaround to resolve these issues.

While it’s not recommended to uninstall updates provided by Microsoft, in rare cases, the only solution to a problem introduced by Windows updates is to remove or uninstall them.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

How to remove or uninstall Windows updates in Windows 11

As described above, while it’s not recommended to uninstall updates provided by Microsoft, in rare cases, the only solution to a problem introduced by Windows updates is to remove or uninstall them.

Here’s how to uninstall updates in Windows 11.

Uninstall Windows updates using the Settings app

One way to uninstall updates in Windows 11 is to use the Windows Settings app.

To open the click Settings app, click the Start menu button and select Settings. You can also use the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

windows 11 new settings button
windows 11 new settings button

When the Settings app opens, click the Windows Update button on the left.

windows 11 windows update in settings app
Windows 11 Windows update in the settings app

On the right, click on the Update history tile to expand.

windows 11 update history tile in settings app
Windows 11 update history tile in the settings app

On the Windows Update -> Update history settings pane, click the Uninstall updates tile under Related settings to expand.

windows 11 uninstal updates in the settings app
Windows 11 uninstall updates in the settings app.

On the Windows Update -> Update history -> Uninstall updates settings pane, locate the recently installed updates you want to remove and click the Uninstall button.

windows 11 uninstall updates settings
Windows 11 uninstall updates settings.

Follow through with the uninstall and close. You may have to restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Uninstall Windows updates via Control Panel in Windows 11

Another way to remove or uninstall Windows updates is to use the Control Panel app.

Open the Control Panel app, then go to Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features.

Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features

Click the “View installed updates” link at the top left on the Program and Features settings pane.

windows 11 view installed updates in control panel app
windows 11 view installed updates in the control panel app

You should see recently installed updates on the list. Select an update you want to remove or uninstall, and follow the instructions.

Uninstall Windows updates using the Advanced Startup Boot

If you can’t fully sign into Windows, the Advanced startup boot will be a great option to uninstall recently installed updates.

First, boot into the Advanced startup boot menu.

On the Advanced startup boot menu, select the Troubleshoot button.

windows 11 advanced startup boot troubleshoot
Windows 11 advanced startup boot troubleshoot

On the Advanced startup boot menu -> Troubleshoot screen, select Advanced options.

windows 11 advanced startup boot advanced options
Windows 11 advanced startup boot advanced options

On the Advanced startup boo menu -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced options settings window, select Uninstall Updates.

windows 11 advanced startup boot uninstall updates
Windows 11 advanced startup boot uninstall updates

On the Advanced startup boot menu -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Uninstall Updates screen, select either Uninstall latest quality update or Uninstall latest feature update for the type of the last update you want to uninstall.

  • Feature updates are typically released twice per year and include new functionality and capabilities as well as potential fixes and security updates.
  • Quality updates are more frequent and include small fixes and security updates.

In most cases, you may choose to uninstall a quality update.

windows 11 advanced startup boot uninstall update options
Windows 11 advanced startup boot uninstall update options

Finally, click the uninstall quality update button to continue.

windows 11 install quality updates from advanced startup boot
Windows 11 install quality updates from advanced startup boot

Wait for the changes to apply, then restart your computer.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to uninstall or remove updates from Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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