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How to uninstall, block or selectively install Windows updates

Solutions on how to deal with problematic Windows updates and take control of Windows Update.


Contents

  1. How to uninstall a specific Windows update
  2. Block specific Windows updates and drivers from installing
  3. Disable automatic installation of Windows 10 updates and drivers and instead choose which updates to install
  4. Disable Windows Update completely
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1. How to uninstall a specific Windows update

  1. Type in Windows search: Programs and Features or open paste the following in the Windows Explorer address field: Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features.
  2. On the left pane click on View installed updates.
  3. (Optional) Enable "Installed On" column and sort updates after the "Installed On" date so that the recent ones are easier to find.
  4. Select a specific update you want to uninstall and click Uninstall.
  5. If you don't wish to uninstall any other updates, restart when promoted.

To prevent those uninstalled updates from installing again check "Block specific Windows updates and drivers from installing" below.

Applies to Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019.

2. Block specific Windows updates and drivers from installing

Uninstalled and pending updates and drivers can be blocked from installation following these steps:

  1. Download wushowhide (direct link - might not be the latest version, info and download page)
  2. Run wushowhide.diagcab, click Next, chose "Hide updates", chose the update or driver you want to block.

In order to block an already installed update you need to first uninstall it as per the guide above. For drivers installed through Windows update, see this guide on how to roll them back before hiding them.

To unblock a previously blocked update:

  • Run wushowhide.diagcab, click Next, chose "Show hidden updates", chose the update or driver you want to allow.
Applies to Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019.

3. Disable automatic installation of Windows 10 updates and drivers and instead choose which updates to install

To take control of which Windows updates and drivers are installed and when do the following:

  1. Download and launch WAU Manager.
  2. Select "Disable the built-in Windows Automatic Updates and use only WAU Manager"
  3. (Optional) Select "Create a Desktop shortcut to quickly update..." and/or schedule when the program should search for Windows updates and notify you if you wish to install them.
  4. Press "Save and Apply". To search and chose which updates to install press on "Update Windows Now".

! Note that Windows 10 will automatically start installing updates again if you go to Windows Settings->Update & Security-> and you press the "Check for updates" button. There might also be other situations where Windows might automatically update without your intervention, so if you want to make sure Windows updates are not applied without your permission check "Disable Windows Update completely" below and only enable the Windows Update service when you want to install Windows updates.

Applies to Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019.

4. Disable Windows Update completely

If you wish to permanently or temporarily block any currently pending and future Windows updates and drivers updates you can use Windows Update Blocker program. Unfortunately this will also prevent Microsoft Store apps downloads and updates from installing, so keep that in mind in case you need that at some point. Disabling Windows Update completely would be useful for benchmarking purposes or if you want to make sure that Windows updates are not applied without your intervention.

If you still want to receive security patches for Windows you can use 0patch software. 0patch approach to patching security issues is innovative as it does not require system restarts, patches can be individually turned on/off, it includes patches for other software applications and they are much faster at patching security issues than Microsoft with their Windows and Office updates. Note that the FREE version has limited patching capability/functionality as described here.

Applies to Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019.
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