Just because Microsoft took away control of how you use Windows Update in Windows 10 doesn’t mean you can’t stop and block updates in its latest OS.
If an update goes bad, or you just don’t like certain features, you can uninstall Windows updates. Since Microsoft automatically downloads and installs Windows updates now, you can see how this can cause issues for some PCs.
Let’s look at how to uninstall and block Windows updates in Windows 10 to ensure a smooth ride going forward.
Uninstalling and Blocking Updates in Windows 10
You never know when a Windows 10 update will wreak havoc on your system. It typically happens when you have a handful of updates occurring at once, are working on an older PC, or a conflict arises somewhere.
If you suspect a driver or Windows update is causing the issue, here’s the steps to take to figure it out and stop it from happening.
You’ll start by opening Windows Update either by searching through Cortana or opening up the Settings app.
From there, you’ll click on “Advanced options.”
Click on “View your update history.”
Under Update history, you’ll find a list of your recently installed updates.
Note: If you’re using Windows Insider builds, you’ll likely see a blank list here. This is a known issue and error that should be corrected in a later build by Microsoft.
Click on “Uninstall updates” to find the troublesome update.
This will open the Control Panel version of Windows update install history.
Right-click on the offending update and click “Uninstall.”
Windows will then uninstall the update and may prompt you to restart to finalize the changes.
Now, in order to hide that update, you have to trick Windows 10 into letting you do.
Once downloaded, run it and click “Next.”
The troubleshooter will scan your computer locating hidden updates you’ve already dealt with or showcasing ones you can hide.
Once finished, click on “Hide updates” to hide updates causing issues with your system.
Check the box next to each update, then click “Next” to hide them and prevent Windows 10 from automatically installing them in the future.
You’ll need to run this to unhide updates and hide any future updates that might be giving you issues.
The troubleshooter will work with updates and drivers in Windows 10.
Uninstalling Driver Updates in Windows 10
Windows 10 uses Windows Update in many cases to update drivers. This is a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because Microsoft will be able to push manufacturers to release driver updates that are compatible with Windows 10 quicker, but since they are being automatically installed, they can render your PC useless.
If you think a driver issue is causing problems, we recommend booting into Safe Mode and following the steps above in the Windows Update settings. While there are many methods for uninstalling driver updates, including the good old fashioned method through the Device Manager, many consumers have reported that Windows 10 ignores any settings or changes this way.
It’s best to use the Windows Update troubleshooter above the disable driver updates as well as Windows update causing issues with your system.
Windows 10 is forcing uses to use Windows as a service, which is what Microsoft wants. Forced automatic updates on all levels are part of that thinking. If you’re having issues in Windows 10 with updates or drivers, consider uninstalling and blocking them to remedy the problem until a solution can be found.