Remove Windows Updates which cause problems in Windows 7 | 8

We all prefer to keep our Windows operating system updated. But sometimes some Windows Updates may make your PC go crazy. Maybe your Windows computer has gone in a loop!

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If you find yourself in one of these situation while dealing with Windows Updates then try some of the solutions provided here. These are some of the most common solution of most common problems. In some cases, you may have to enter the safe mode to be able to carry out the suggestions.

Uninstall or Remove Windows Updates

1. To remove a particular update: Updates are meant to enhance the security of your computer, it’s best not to remove an update unless you’re certain that it is causing a problem. Take these steps to be certain you want to remove an update:

  • Click start and the click All Programs and select Windows Update from the list of programs.
  • From the list of updates shown there, select the update that you want to remove, and then click Uninstall.

2. A recently installed update is causing problem: If you are sure enough that recently installed update is causing the problem then only try these steps or before uninstalling it try to find information about any problems that have occurred on the computer by checking for a solution. If no solutions are available, check the Windows Update history to learn more about recently installed updates.

  • Click start and the click All Programs and select Windows Update from the list of programs.
  • In the left pane, click View update history.
  • To view more information about an update, double-click it.

3. You are not able to remove an update: You may face this error because you might be connected to a network where updates are managed by Group Policy. These network-wide settings can prevent you from removing an update. In other cases, you might not be able to remove an update because it applies to a security-related area of the operating system. If you think an update that you can’t remove is causing problems, contact system administrator of your organization.

4. A removed update is getting reinstalled automatically: Your computer is probably connected to a network where Group Policy settings determine which updates must be installed on each computer. These network-wide settings can reinstall any required updates that you’ve removed.

You might also have Windows set to automatically install updates, which is the recommended setting for your computer. If you don’t want Windows to install an update, you need to hide it.

  • Click start and the click All Programs and select Windows Update from the list of programs.
  • In the left pane, click Check for updates.
  • When Windows finds updates for your computer, do one of the following:
    • Click on important updates links if you have important updates to hide.
    • Click on optional updates links if you have optional updates to hide.
  • Right-click the update you don’t want to install, and then click Hide update. The next time you check for updates, the update won’t be automatically selected or installed.

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The same steps are also applied if you want to stops Windows Updates offering an update that you don’t want to install like Language packs.

5. Your Device or Hardware is not working after updating its device drivers from Windows Update: You might need to revert to a previous version of the driver for that device. Check the manufacturer’s website for a more recent version of the driver, or remove the driver and restart your computer.

If you need any help, you can always visit our Windows Club Forums.

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Nitin Agarwal is an MVP alumni and a Pro Blogger. He was awarded as Most Valuable Professional for 3 times by Microsoft in Windows Expert - Consumer category. He is immensely inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.
  • Kenneth Rechtstein

    Or just go back to a restore point anterior to the Windows update that is causing the problem. That’s even easier for those not familiar with PC’s or Laptops.

  • Mehrdad

    Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate on X210 lenovo

    I don’t like automatic update. I turn it off as I don’t like its disruptions.
    In a particular instance, now if I update, I get blue screens! I need to do a system recovery! I don’t know which update is responsible, totally totally annoying. I had researched the web for a solution to no avail.

    I don’t know but my experience tells do updates only occasionally (every 3 months?) or for specific reasons.

  • Grr

    Thanks Nitin. I have a strange problem with 2 W7 updates.

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