Microsoft updates (also Windows updates) are the small files that install patches, tweaks, and driver software to enhance your Windows computer’s security, functionality, and speed. These updates remove software flaws, hardware-software compatibility issues, and security issues to enhance your computer’s performance and protection against online threats. However, at times, updates create common Windows PC issues that may impel you to uninstall them or wind back the changes to an earlier time. Here is free Windows 7 support guide to help you uninstall a particular update or all the updates from your Windows 7 computer.


Click the Start button and point to Control Panel.

When in Control Panel, click Programs and then click View Installed Updates under Programs and Features. This will list the installed updates in a panel. Click to select an update that needs to be removed and then click the Uninstall button. If prompted, type your administrator password and click Continue. Wait for the update to be removed from your computer. If prompted, restart your computer.

Alternatively, you can view the update history to view and uninstall a particular update. Browse to Control Panel from the Start button, click Windows Updates, and then click View update history in the left hand panel.

If you want to view more info about an update, double-click it. Otherwise, click to select the update and then click Uninstall. Enter your admin password if prompted and click Continue.

If you want to determine that an update has been successfully removed from your computer, navigate to Control Panel> Programs> Programs and Features> View installed updates. Look for the update that you uninstalled in the update list. If the update is not in the list, it has been removed successfully from your PC. If the update is still there in the list, skip to the next step.

If an update automatically installs itself back on your computer after you remove it, use this method. Click the Start button and navigate to All Programs and then Windows Updates. When in Windows Updates, click the Check for updates link in the left hand panel and then click the View available updates option. Look for the update that you don’t want to install on your computer, right-click it and select Hide Update. If prompted, enter the admin password and continue.

Exit Control Panel and all the windows. If prompted, restart your computer. If you don’t restart your computer after removing an update, the uninstallation will not complete successfully, leading to common Windows problems and computer inoperability issues. Thus, make sure to reboot your computer after every uninstallation. Besides, customize your Microsoft or Windows update settings for auto-install or manual install.

Additional Tidbits:

If you are unable to remove a Windows update, it may be because it is an important, security-related update of your Windows computer or your user profile is managed by an IT administrator under Local Group Policy settings. If you are unable to resolve Microsoft or Windows update issues, contact Microsoft Windows 7 support.

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