Think a recently installed update is causing any issues on your Windows 11 PC? You can roll back the update and undo all the changes that it made to your computer. We’ll show you how to uninstall both updates and builds in Windows 11.
In Windows 11, you get two types of updates: builds and regular updates. A build is a major update that brings new features and appearance changes. A regular update, on the other hand, patches bugs and vulnerabilities. You can remove both of these kinds of updates if you find them problematic on your Windows 11 PC.
Removing a regular update (also known as a cumulative update) is easy in Windows 11. You just have to choose the update to remove in Settings and it will be removed.
To start, open the Settings app on your PC. Do this by pressing Windows+i at the same time.
In Settings, from the left sidebar, select “Windows Update.”
On the “Windows Update” page, click “Update History.”
In the “Update History” menu, from the “Related Settings” section, choose “Uninstall Updates.”
You will now see a list of installed updates on your PC. To remove an update, select it in the list and then click “Uninstall” at the top.
An “Uninstall an Update” prompt will appear. Click “Yes” in this prompt to continue.
And Windows 11 will begin to remove the selected update from your PC. When it’s done, you will be all set.
If you decide undoing an update isn’t enough, don’t forget it’s possible to downgrade to Windows 10.
You can uninstall builds just like regular updates but there’s a catch. You can only remove a build within 10 days of installing it. If it’s been more than 10 days, you can’t roll back the build. In this case, you will have to reinstall Windows 11 or restore a full system backup on your computer if you still want to go back.
Note: When you uninstall a build, your personal files are not deleted, but any changes made to your apps and settings since the most recent update will be erased.
To remove a build that has been installed within the last 10 days, open the Settings app on your PC. Do this by pressing Windows+i simultaneously.
On the Settings screen, in the left sidebar, click “System.”
Scroll down the “System” page and click “Recovery.”
On the “Recovery” screen, next to “Advanced Startup,” click “Restart Now.”
You will see a “We’ll Restart Your Device So Save Your Work” prompt. In this prompt, click “Restart Now” to restart your PC.
Tip: Make sure you save your unsaved work before restarting your computer.
When your PC boots back up, you will see a “Choose an Option” screen. From here, head into Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Uninstall Updates > Uninstall Latest Feature Update.
There, click “Uninstall Feature Update.” And Windows 11 will remove the latest build installed on your PC!
If your issues persist even after uninstalling updates and builds, consider booting your PC into safe mode and troubleshoot the issues there.
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