How to Install or Uninstall Windows 10 Update Manually

March 25, 2019 Posted by to Tutorials

Microsoft went through hell when it was rolling out the first few Windows 10 updates because it was not a voluntary process. Users of older Windows versions were finding themselves forced to update to Windows 10. Microsoft did acknowledge the problem at one point, but since Windows 10 adoption was a critical phenomenon for them, the forced updates continue to happen for several computers that were eligible. There are several ways to block a forced update, but what if you want to manually install one? What about uninstalling a particular update? This article explains how to do both.

How to Install a Windows Update Manually on Windows 10

Windows update is essential to the computer itself as bugs and problems will be fixed during the process. The update feature is enabled by default on Windows 10 and you might receive update from time to time. However, if you were tired of automatically Windows 10 update and turned the function off, then you have to install Windows update manually. If you want to install a cumulative Windows update, you must first download it from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Make sure you download the appropriate version depending on whether your computer runs on 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows.


Windows Update Catalog


You can check your version of Windows by going to Settings > System > About, where you will see this:


Download Windows 10 Update


Once you have confirmed the correct version, click on the Download link and save the .msi file to your computer. Next, navigate to the file in Explorer and launch it by double-clicking on it. After initialization, you'll see the Windows Standalone Update Installer. Click on Yes to apply the update and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%. After that, you can click on Restart to finish the installation.


When you go to Settings > System > About, you will see a new OS build number that matches the update you downloaded. That means the manual installation of the update was successful.


How to Uninstall Windows Update from Windows 10

The process to uninstall a Windows update (using Windows 10 as an example) involves some very simple steps. But before getting into it, there's an important point you should be aware of. Updates for Windows are of two types: patches and builds. Patches are typically smaller and are meant to be quick fixes for specific issues. Builds, on the other hand, are much larger updates and usually new versions of Windows 10.


As such, when you update to a major build, your system retains the files that are needed to roll back to a previous update. This is a sort of fall-back in case there are major issues with the new build. That's good news, because it makes uninstalling updates much easier - no files to download. But there's also a caveat here that you may not be happy with. The files for these major builds are retained for a maximum of 10 days, after which they will be deleted, and a rollback will not be possible without a full reinstallation.


If you have the files, you should be able to find it here: Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. If you see "Go back to the previous version of Windows 10", that means the files are still there. If they are, follow the steps outlined below:


Step 1: Go back to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update tab and click on the link that says "View Installed Update History".


View Installed Windows 10 Update


Step 2: Inside that page will be a chronological list of recent updates. If you're having trouble with a particular update and have the KB number for it, you can search for it using the search box.


Step 3: Select the problematic update and click "Uninstall" next to it. The chosen update will in uninstalled, and your Windows version will roll back to the update just prior to that.


If it has been more than 10 days since your last update, the files for the previous build will not be available. In that case, you can get the previous build from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Here, you can search for a particular build and then download it. Once downloaded, follow the process outlined in the How to Manually Install a Windows Update section of this article.


Uninstall Windows 10 Update



The 10-day window for the auto-deletion of files to rollback to a previous Windows update is inconvenient for a lot of people. To avoid this, we recommend that you take a full backup before every major Windows update. This helps prevent a situation where you change your mind after a few weeks and want to go back to a different build, but the files are no longer available for you to do a simple rollback.


To do a full backup, go to Control Panel > System and Security and click on Save backup copies of your files with File History. Connect an external hard drive or insert an USB into the optical drive, and click on System Image Backup.


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