Here’s how it works: Resetting and preventing Windows updates

Windows updates often bring bug fixes, security fixes, and new features to your computer, but they can also cause a reboot and cause problems such as reduced performance or even panic data loss. If you notice problems after installing an update, you can reset the update to try to get everything working again.

There are two main types of Windows updates: quality updates and feature updates. Quality updates include security fixes, bug fixes, and other small improvements that are included in the usual “cumulative updates” that you see on the Windows Update page in settings. The feature updates are more extensive and occur every six months, with new features and significant changes. Each of these updates can be canceled in various ways.

What can cause Windows update errors?

What can cause Windows update errors?

Major Windows 10 updates don’t always run smoothly. And if you have Microsoft’s Surface Book 2, you’ll probably be a little annoyed that you can’t upgrade to Windows 10 version 1903, the latest iteration of Microsoft’s operating system, because of a bug with Nvidia GPUs.

To be fair, such bugs are inevitable when a company publishes operating system updates installed on PCs with a wide variety of hardware configurations and capacities.
Microsoft usually provides quick fixes for some of these problems, but sometimes you may need an immediate fix if you’ve pulled the trigger and damaged the system.

What can you do?

What can you do?

Note that going back to a previous version undoes any changes you have made to your computer in the meantime, including settings, configuration, installing or removing applications, etc.

Restore major Windows updates (including the Windows Insider version).

If you recently installed a major feature update and it’s not working properly on your system, you can downgrade or cancel the update within the first 10 days of installation.

Here’s how to go back to the Windows update:

  1. Open Windows settings (Windows + i button).
  2. Select Update and security
  3. Select Restore from the left-hand menu
  4. Under Revert to a previous version of Windows 10, click Start.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, select the reason for the decrease, and then click Next.
  6. In the Check for Updates window, click No Thanks.
  7. On the next screen, read the recommendations and review the implications of dismounting your system. If you already have a backup of the data you need, click Next.
  8. On the Do not lock screen, make sure you have a password if the previous version is password protected, then click Next.
  9. On the next screen, click Back to the previous build.
  10. Your system will now reboot and come back up. This step may take a few minutes.

After your computer restarts, you can check to see if it has reverted back to the previous version by typing winver in Run.

After 10 days, Windows deletes a temporary backup of the latest version from your system hard drive.
If you follow the above instructions, you will get the following error:

You can also manually delete the previous Windows installation folder to save hard drive space. Since this method can only return you to the latest installed version, you cannot go back to the old versions. For that, you will need to completely restore the system or perform a new Windows installation.

Uninstalling a cumulative or minor Windows update

There are two ways to uninstall cumulative or minor Windows 10 updates :

Through Windows settings

  1. Open Windows settings (Windows + i button).
  2. Select Update and security
  3. In the left pane, select Update Windows.
  4. In the right pane, click Show update history.
  5. Select Remove updates.
  6. Select the update you want to remove, such as Update for Microsoft Windows (KB4578846), and click Uninstall.

From the command line.

Open a command prompt by typing cmd at Run.

  1. Enter the following command:
  2. shortlist wmic qfe /format:table
  3. This displays all updates installed on your computer. Make sure that the update you want to remove is listed.
  4. To uninstall an update, run the following command
    wusa / uninstall /qb:4578846
  5. After uninstalling the update, restart your computer.

If you don’t like the latest Windows updates, you can disable them permanently, but this is not recommended, especially for systems with Internet connectivity. Windows updates provide security fixes for many vulnerabilities. Therefore, it is recommended that you always keep your system up to date.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Press Win+I to open the Settings application.
  2. Select Update and security.
  3. Click the Update History link.
  4. Click the Remove Updates link.
  5. Select the update you want to remove.
  6. Click the Uninstall button that appears in the toolbar.

For a limited time after upgrading to Windows 10, you can go back to a previous version of Windows by clicking the Start button, then Settings -> Update and Security -> Restore, and finally selecting Start under Flip to a previous version of Windows 10.

  1. Delete everything in the Download subfolder. Go to that PC and open the partition where Windows is installed (usually C:).
  2. Use the driver update tool. Another important aspect is to make sure the drivers for your devices are updated correctly.

  1. Enter your phone settings.
  2. Select Apps in the device category.
  3. Tap on the app you want to downgrade.
  4. Select "Forced down" to be sure.
  5. Tap the menu with the three dots in the upper right corner.
  6. Then select the "Delete Updates" option that appears.

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