Windows 11 updates are designed to improve security, add new features, and improve system performance. However, there are situations when the next downloaded Windows 11 update can disable the system and create trouble for you. These may be device problems, incompatibility of programs, or simply it is not possible to boot to the desktop. In this case, you need to uninstall this update for a while until Microsoft fixes all the errors in it. Here, we have explained how to uninstall the Windows 11 updates and patches through the options, command line and when the computer does not boot to the desktop.
Method 1: Uninstall Windows 11 Updates from Options
1. Go to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Update Log.
2. Scroll down and click on “Uninstall Updates”.
3. In the new window of the control panel, select the update with one click of the mouse and click on the “Delete” button from above.
Method 2: Uninstall Windows 11 Updates using CMD
Press Win + X and select Terminal (Admin). Next press Ctrl + Shift + 2 to open a Command Prompt window. Below commands can be entered in PowerShell as well.
- wmic qfe list brief /format:table – displays a list of installed updates.
- wusa /uninstall /kb:5004342– remove the selected patch KB. Replace with your own.
Method 3: Uninstall Windows 11 Updates when PC won’t boot
1. Turn off and turn on the Windows 11 PC or laptop on the button 3-4 times reaching an error that does not boot to the desktop, or the boot logo for windows 11. Thus, we will run diagnostics and automatic recovery. In the automatic recovery window, click on “Advanced options”.
2. In Advanced Options, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Uninstall Updates .
3. You will be presented with the option to uninstall updates:
- A hotfix is a cumulative update that was recently installed to improve something that is not significant.
- Component Update is a major update that comes out 2 times a year. A kind of rollback to the previous version.
You should be aware that not all Windows 11 updates will be removed as they are considered critical. There are of course workarounds, but they do not guarantee much success and we do not recommend it, as it can make it even worse. What to do?
- Examine what the mistake is and try to fix it.
- You can roll the system back a couple of days using a restore point when the update has not been installed yet.