How to uninstall Windows 10 update

If your computer is broken after Windows update, you can uninstall Windows 10 Update and roll back your computer to the previous version.

Uninstall Windows 10 update

Microsoft maintains its Windows 10 operating system by providing monthly “feature updates” (every 6 months) and “quality updates”.

Feature updates are effectively new versions of Windows 10 and become available twice a year (Spring and Fall).

Quality updates, also known as “cumulative updates,” are automatically downloaded and installed on your computer every month (on the second Tuesday of every month).

Let’s continue with this understanding and take a look at the steps to uninstall Windows 10 update on your computer.

Note: Storage Sense and the Windows.old folder are located at the root of the C drive.

1. Uninstall Windows 10 feature update

Every time a feature update (major update) is installed, Windows 10 keeps the files needed to roll back to the previous version on your computer.

However, these files only stay on your computer for 10 days, after which they are automatically deleted by Storage Sense.

If you are within 10 days of a feature update, you can follow the steps below to uninstall the Windows 10 update on your computer and revert to the previous version.

1. Open settings on your computer and click Updates & Security Symbol.

Update and security icon on Windows settings screen

2. On the next screen, click Restoration in the left pane. In the right pane, click Getting started Button in the Go back to the previous version of Windows 10 section.

Option Go back to the previous version of Windows

3. Follow the prompts to complete this process.

if Getting started If the option in the Go back to a previous version section is grayed out or not working, your computer does not have the necessary files to roll back to a previous version of Windows.

The only option in this case is to use system restore or reinstall Windows 10 from a backup you may have saved on your computer.

2. Uninstall Windows 10 Cumulative Update

As mentioned above, cumulative or quality updates are smaller monthly updates that can be easily viewed and uninstalled on your computer.

1. Open settings > click Updates & Security Symbol.

Update and security icon on Windows settings screen

2. On the next screen, click windows update in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and click View update history Shortcut.

View the history of installed updates
3. On the next screen, click Uninstall updates Shortcut.

Uninstall the Windows Update option
4. On the next screen, select the windows update you want to delete and click on the Uninstall Possibility.

Selected Windows updates uninstalled

5. Click on the confirmation popup Yes confirm.

Uninstall Windows Update confirmation popup

Restart your computer to complete this process.

3. Remove temporary update files

While most downloaded Windows Update files become part of the system, some files may go unused and remain on your computer, consuming disk space.

Follow the steps below to remove temporary update files and free up valuable disk space on your computer.

1. Open settings > click on the system.

System icon on the Windows settings screen

2. On the next screen, click storage in the left pane. In the right pane, click Free up disk space now Shortcut.

Free up disk space option in Windows
3. Wait for Windows 10 to analyze the disk space on your computer.

4. On the next screen, check the boxes next to Delivery Optimization Files, Windows Update Cleanup and click remove files.

Remove temporary files on a Windows PC

Windows 10 quickly removes all selected temporary files on your computer.

4. Remove uninstalled Windows 10 update files

Sometimes the problem with Windows 10 updates is because some of the update files fail to install on your computer.

In such cases, Windows update may get stuck or aborted on your computer.

In that case, you can follow the steps below to remove uninstalled Windows Update files and fix Windows Update problems on your computer.

1. Open settings > click Updates & Security.

Update and security icon on Windows settings screen

2. On the next screen, click Troubleshooting in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and click windows update > Run the troubleshooter.

Fix Windows Update problems

3. If prompted, enter yours Administrator password.

Wait while Windows removes uninstalled update files and fixes Windows Update-related issues on your computer.

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