How To Stop A Specific Update From Installing In Windows 10

Running Show or hide updates toolRunning Show or hide updates tool

Starting from Windows 10, Microsoft wants to make sure that most of the devices running Windows are running the latest version of Windows 10 which is patched with most known vulnerabilities and stay safe on the Internet.

This means that the users will get less control over which Windows updates to install and which ones to leave out. There are surely instances where a specific device driver or an update will not play nicely with your system. For this, the user should be able to block that specific update.

In this article, we will discuss about stopping a specific update from installing in Windows 10. Microsoft recommends that you stay up to date with all Windows updates installed on your system. But if you are having problems with a specific update, then you should use the steps described below to prevent a specific update from installing on your computer.

Prevent the update from installing

First of all, make sure that the update you want to stop from installing is not already installed on the system.  Please uninstall the update if already installed and then follow the steps mentioned below.

  1. Download Show or hide updates tool from Microsoft.
  2. Run the utility and start Next to start the scanning process.

    Running Show or hide updates tool
    Running Show or hide updates tool
  3. Next, select Hide updates button.

    Hide updates selection window
    Hide updates selection window
  4. The tool will show available updates to hide. Select the problematic updates and press Next.

    Showing available updates to hide
    Showing available updates to hide
  5. This hides the update from Windows Update automatically and this update doesn’t install during next update process. Press the Close button to close.

If you want to unhide or show the hidden updates, run the tool again and select Show hidden updates instead of Hide updates. Rest of the process is the same.

Show hidden updates selection window
Show hidden updates selection window

This method of hiding updates from the Windows update process only applies to individual computers. If you are a network administrator and are using WSUS or other Windows update method for getting updates from Microsoft, you should check in your respective software to block a specific update from installing in your network.

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Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.


  • paul doolan
    paul doolan

    Thankyou, worked perfectly, having been plagued by one update for for now fixed.


    how to i stop latest window 10 home update thats already download from installing on my pc

  • Patricia Ays
    Patricia Ays

    Is there a fix for KB4537821? It keeps killing my system and I have to uninstall to get back to my documents and desktop.

  • Barbara

    Exactly what I was looking for – thank you!

  • shadowguide

    Thank You! KB4508451 was tanking my system! I thought I was gonna have to do a registry hunt.
    Thanks again!

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