If your Windows computer update section displays a message after you sign-in— We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure, then its because your Windows 11/10 device has recently recovered from a startup failure. This happens when there is a hardware issue, file corruption, or incompatible 3rd party software. In this post, I will show how you can resolve this problem and manually install drivers and updates.
Windows now automatically uninstalls problematic Updates
Microsoft has said that Windows 10 and Windows 11 will start removing installed Windows Updates that cause problems in starting or running your device at peak efficiency. Windows Updates that fail dues to software incompatibilities will get automatically uninstalled. After your computer has recovered from a startup failure, you may see this notification in the bottom right corner of your computer screen:
We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.
When Windows detects that this is happening, it will resolve this issue by attempting to uninstall the problematic update. Once the update has been uninstalled, Windows will also prevent such problematic updates from re-installing automatically for the next 30 days – after which, it will again try to automatically install the update. This 30-day period will give Microsoft and its partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix the updates, says KB4492307.
We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure
Why does the Windows Update system choose to remove some of the installed updates?
During a startup, If Windows detects that it was not successful, then it starts troubleshooting on its own. It will resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes. If the automated troubleshooting is unsuccessful and the machine does not startup successfully, then Windows will determine if the startup issue was introduced after a recent driver or quality updates were installed. If that’s the case, then those updates will be uninstalled automatically so Windows can get back to its working state.
If removing updates and drives makes Windows start normally, then it takes another precautionary measure. Windows will prevent the removed updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days. Since Microsoft sends back diagnostic data for such failures, it gives Microsoft and its partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and resolve any issues. After 30 days, if the updates are still applicable, Windows will try to install them again.
How to manually install Windows updates and drivers
When manually installing quality updates and drives, make sure to do it one at a time. It gives you a chance to figure out a particular update that was causing the problem. If your device is unable to start up properly after automatic or manual installation of these updates, Windows will uninstall them again automatically.
1] Advanced manual installation
To install quality updates:
- Open Windows Update Catalog
- Search for updates from the Windows Update Catalog
- Download and install the update.
2] Update drivers in Windows 11/10
If you believe that you have the right set of drivers, and they work fine, then we suggest you install or update the driver manually.
Both these methods will make sure to help you install the updates which were forcefully removed by Windows Update.
How do I delete recently installed updates?
To delete recently installed updates, you need to open the Windows Settings first by pressing Win+I. Then, go to Windows Update and click on the Update history option. Here you can find all the updates. You need to click on the Uninstall updates option to select the update and click the Uninstall button to get it removed.
What will happen if I uninstall the latest feature update?
Windows 11/10 doesn’t do anything critical if you uninstall the latest feature update manually. However, when you check for available updates, you will be able to install the pending one again. The same thing applies to Windows 11 as well as Windows 10.
I hope this explains why you may have seen this notification.
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