Windows Vista/7/8: How to Uninstall Windows Updates

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What is Windows Update?

Basically, Windows Update is a service provided by Microsoft that provides updates for its Windows Operating System and its installed components. This includes the pre-installed web browser of Microsoft -- Internet Explorer.

Steps to uninstall a Windows Update

Microsoft then added an option to disable access to Windows Update but provided a bigger and broader update services called Microsoft Update. This is an expanded version of the service which provides updates not just for the operating system and Internet Explorer, but also for other Microsoft software running under Windows, such as Microsoft Office, Windows Live applications, and Microsoft Expression Studio. Updates are normally provided over an Internet connection.

Different kinds of updates are available:

  1. Security updates (critical updates). These updates protect users against vulnerabilities to malware and security exploits.
  2. Other updates. These updates correct errors or bugs that are not related to security. They simply enhance functionality the Windows OS or software.


Why Uninstall a Windows Update?

It is good to automatically update your version of Windows. However, in some cases, when an update is downloaded and installed, existing software and settings are affected. As part of the troubleshooting process, you can uninstall the recently installed updates that could have caused the problem.

Steps To Uninstall Updates

If you are using Windows Vista and later versions of Windows, use these steps:

  1. Go to Start => Control Panel
  2. Change the View to Small Icons or Classic View
  3. Click to open Windows Updates
    Set view to small icons to show Windows Updates
  4. In the Windows Update dialog box, click on Installed Updates link found at the lower left corner of the dialog box.
    The Installed Updates link
  5. Then you shall see the list of installed updated listed in category sorted by date.
  6. Now, please locate the most recently installed updates. You can sort or pick dates when the updates were installed by clicking on the down arrow in the Installed On column.
    Sort the updates by date
  7. When the relevant updates are found, click on each, then click on Uninstall.


Another way to do this is described in these steps:

  1. Go to Start => Control Panel
  2. Change the View to Small Icons or Classic View
  3. Click on Programs and Features to list all installed programs or applications
  4. In the left panel, click on View Installed Updates. Click on it.
    View installed updates via Programs and Features
  5. Then follow steps 6 through 7 above.
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