How uninstall (rollback) Windows Updates

On August 12th, Microsoft quietly pushed a new Windows 8.1 update, colloquially known as Update 2, to millions of PCs.  It was purported to bring back the beloved Start Menu but instead it was a huge disappointment and only added mundane features such as precision touchpad improvements, less login prompts for SharePoint Online and Ruble symbol update (for Russian currency).  There were about seven additions in the update and bunch of bug fixes but nothing substantive.

But new features weren’t the only thing inaugurated by the update.  It also brought a bevy of bugs that broke font rendering behavior and in some cases the update crashed computers with a 0x50 stop error.

That’s why today I want to show you how to rollback an unruly Windows Update.

When an update does awry, such as MS14-045, it might be time to uninstall it.

The sad thing is that even though Microsoft advises customers to remove the following updates:

  • KB2982791
  • KB2970228
  • KB2975719
  • KB2975331

it only provides bare instructions on how to do it.

Known issues with Microsoft August 12th patch tuesday update

You want me to go to the Control Panel and do what?

How are people supposed to intuitively remove updates Microsoft? How about a few screenshots?

Let me show you how to yank a bad update in Windows 8.1.

Yanking yucky updates

Press Windows Key + w and type

view installed updates

View installed updates

The search bar slides into view from the right side of the screen.

Click the View Installed updates link picture and you’ll get teleported Star Trek style to the updates screen.

Now in the upper right corner of the Installed Updates window, enter the KB number you want to remove first.

You can see me entering KB2982791 in the graphic below.

Viewing installed updates in Windows 8.1

Alternatively, you could pop open an elevated command prompt and use the Windows Update Standalone Uninstaller (WUSA) to uninstall each update.

For example, to remove KB2982791 from the command line just pop in this command:

wusa /uninstall /kb:2982791

Use wusa /uninstall /kb: to remove updates


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