3 Ways to Uninstall Windows 11 Cumulative Update

Both Windows 10 and 11 automatically install Windows Cumulative updates without giving the user a chance to choose whether he/she wants to install it or not unless you have manually turned off Windows Update. If you feel that you are being cornered by Microsoft, worry not! You can uninstall Windows 11 cumulative updates through 3 methods.

This post discusses how you can remove a Windows 11 cumulative update, especially if you are having trouble with it. Since many updates have known issues, there may be a good enough reason for you to remove it from your PC.

Uninstalling a Windows update is an easy process. The methods we have discussed here involve both the Graphical User Interface (GUI) of Windows as well as the Command Line Interface (CLI). Also, if your most recent Windows update is not letting you log in, you can also uninstall it without booting it in.

Uninstall Windows 11 Cumulative update through Control Panel

Here is how you can uninstall and update through the Control Panel:

Please ensure that you are logged into the computer as an administrator. If not, learn how to launch the Control Panel with administrative privileges.

  1. Open the Programs and Features page in the Control Panel by typing in appwiz.cpl in Run.
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  2. Click View installed updates from the left.
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    Alternatively, you can also navigate to the following to open the same View installed updates page.
    Settings app >> Windows Update >> Update History >> Uninstall Updates
  3. On the Installed Updates page, double-click on the update that you want to remove from the list.
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  4. In the confirmation dialog box, click Yes.
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  5. Windows will then begin the uninstallation process. This may take a few minutes, depending upon the size of the update to be removed.
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  6. Once it is uninstalled, you will need to reboot the computer. Click on Restart Now if you want to reboot the device, or click Restart Later if you wish to reboot at a later time. The changes will only take effect when the device is restarted.
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The update you double-clicked on earlier will then be removed. You can recheck it by navigating to the Installed updates page, or by typing in winver in Run and confirming whether the Windows build has rolled back or not.

Uninstall Windows 11 Cumulative update using Command Line

Another way to uninstall a Windows 11 cumulative update is through CLI. This is a great method mostly used by sysadmins for a quick and controlled (through switches) removal of an update. This method also does not have that many steps and hence can be performed rather quickly. Here is how to do it:

  1. Launch Command Prompt with administrative privileges and type in the following command to obtain a list of installed updates:
    wmic qfe list brief /format:table
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  2. Now uninstall the update by running the following command while replacing UpdateNumber with the digits in the update name:
    wusa /uninstall /kb:UpdateNumber
    If prompted for a confirmation, click Yes. Unfortunately, the switch “/quiet” has no effect on removing the updates in Windows 11, therefore we would suggest that you do not use it.
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  3. Restart the computer once the update is uninstalled.

When rebooted, you can confirm that the Windows update has been removed successfully through the Installed updates page in the Control Panel.

Uninstall Windows 11 Cumulative updates without booting into Windows

Another method to remove an installed Windows 11 update is through the Recovery Options. This way you do not have to boot into the operating system itself. Here is how:

  1. Restart your computer and head onto the Recovery Options.
  2. Now navigate to the following:
    Troubleshoot >> Advanced Options >> Uninstall updates
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  3. On the next screen, click on Uninstall latest quality update (Select feature updates if you wish to revert to an older version of Windows 11).
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  4. Now choose the target OS. This is in case there is more than one instance of Operating Systems running on the host device.
  5. Now click on Uninstall Update to remove the last installed Windows update.

FAQs

Can cumulative updates be uninstalled?

Yes. Type in appwiz.cpl in Run and then click View installed updates. Double-click on the update that you wish to remove. A reboot will be required once the update is uninstalled.

How to roll back/downgrade from Windows 11?

You can roll back from Windows 11 to Windows 10 only if you upgraded your OS and did not perform a clean install. To rollback to Windows 10, navigate to Settings app >> System >> Recovery >> Go Back.

What happens if you uninstall a Windows 11 update?

All features and fixes that came with the update will be removed and the OS build will revert. However, the update will try to install itself again once you check for Windows Update. Therefore, it is recommended that you pause the updates anywhere between 1-5 weeks.

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Subhan Zafar
Subhan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed several systems and network certifications including Huwaei, Cisco and Microsoft certs. He mostly researches and writes about the Windows world.

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