How to uninstall an update on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can uninstall any update, including KB5006674, through Windows Update Settings, by using commands from the Command Prompt or PowerShell, or by booting into Recovery Environment for Advanced Options or Safe Mode if the rollout causes problems that prevent the computer from starting properly.

Although Microsoft releases quality updates to fix problems and improve the Windows 11 experience, sometimes they cause more problems than they solve. For example, it’s not uncommon for a monthly update to show up with bugs in features, drivers, compatibility, and other issues that can negatively impact the user experience.

Whether the device was recently updated automatically or you installed an update manually, you have several options to remove it and return the system to the previously known good operating condition.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to uninstall updates from Windows 11 in five different ways to get the system back to a good working condition.

Uninstall a Windows 11 update from the settings

To uninstall a problematic Windows 11 update, do the following:

  1. Open minded settings under Windows11.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Press the Update history Page on the right.

  4. In the Related Settings section, click the Uninstall updates Opportunity.

  5. Select the Windows 11 update you want to remove – for example KB5006674.

  6. Press the Uninstall Button.

    Uninstall the Windows 11 update

  7. Press the Yes sir Button.

  8. Restart the computer.

Uninstall a Windows 11 update using the command prompt

To uninstall a quality update using the command prompt, do the following:

  1. Open minded begin.

  2. Search for command prompt, right click on the topmost result and select that Execute as administrator Opportunity.

  3. Enter the following command to view the update history and press Enter:

    wmic qfe list brief /format:table

    Windows 11 installed updates

  4. Check your device’s Windows Update history and identify the update by its HotFixID and Installed on Information.

  5. Enter the following command to uninstall the update from your computer and press Enter:

    wusa /uninstall /kb:KBNUMBER

    In the command, replace KBNUMBER with the KB number that corresponds to the update you want to uninstall.

    This example removes the KB5006674 update from Windows 11:

    wusa /uninstall /kb:5006674

    Prompt to uninstall the update

  6. Press the Yes sir Button.

  7. Continue with the on-screen instructions (if applicable).

After completing the steps, the update will be removed from the Windows 11 computer.

Uninstall a Windows 11 update using PowerShell

To remove an update on Windows 11 using PowerShell commands, do the following:

  1. Open minded begin.

  2. Search for Power Shell, right click on the topmost result and select that Execute as administrator Opportunity.

  3. Enter the following command to install the PowerShell module to update Windows 11 and press Enter:

    Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate

    Install the PSWindowsUpdate module

  4. Type AND and then A to accept and install the module and press Enter.

  5. Enter the following command to see a list of the 20 latest updates and press Enter:

    Get-WUHistory | Select-Object -First 20

    Show Windows 11 installed updates

    Quick note: If the command doesn’t work, you may need to change the PowerShell execution policy. You can try this command: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned. After changing the execution policy, you should be able to run the commands. After completing the steps, you can use the Set-ExecutionPolicy Restricted Command.
  6. Enter the following command to select and Use PowerShell to remove the update and press Enter:

    Remove-WindowsUpdate -KBArticleID KBNUMBER

    In the command, make sure you replace KB NUMBER with the update number that you want to block.

    This example blocks the KB5006674 update:

    Remove-WindowsUpdate -KBArticleID KB5006674
  7. Type A to accept and install the module and press Enter.

After completing the steps, the device may need to restart to complete the process.

If the above instructions don’t work, the command prompt instructions should work with PowerShell as well.

Uninstall a Windows 11 update using the advanced options

To uninstall an update using Windows 11’s advanced options, do the following:

  1. Start the device in Advanced start-up.

    Quick tip: There are several ways you can access the advanced startup options, depending on the severity of the problem. You can use this guide to learn all of the methods for accessing advanced startup, and then proceed with the steps below.
  2. Click on Troubleshooting.

  3. Click on Expanded options.

  4. Click on Uninstall updates.

    Advanced options uninstall updates

  5. Press the Uninstall the latest quality update Opportunity.

    Uninstall the latest quality update

  6. Sign in with your administrator credentials.

  7. Press the Uninstall quality update Button.

After following the steps, the computer will uninstall the latest update such as KB5006674 from your device (if available).

Uninstall a Windows 11 update using Safe Mode

To uninstall updates from Safe Mode on Windows 11, do the following:

  1. Open minded begin.

  2. Search for msconfig and click on System configuration to open the app.

  3. Press the Boots Tab.

  4. In the Boot Options section, check that Safe start Opportunity.

  5. Select the Minimal Option to start Windows 11 in Safe Mode. Or you choose the network Option to boot Windows 11 with network support.

    MSConfig Safe Boot

  6. Press the Use Button.

  7. Press the OK Button.

  8. Restart the computer.

  9. Sign in to your account.

  10. Use the Windows Key + R Keyboard shortcut to open the Run Command.

  11. Type Switchboard and click on OK Button.

    Open Safe Mode Control Panel

  12. Click on Programs.

    Program settings

  13. Press the Show installed updates Opportunity.

    Windows 11 in Safe Mode show installed updates

  14. Select the update to be removed – for example KB5006674.

    Uninstall update for Windows 11 in Safe Mode

  15. Press the Uninstall Button.

  16. Press the Yes sir Button.

  17. Restart the computer.

The only limitation with this option is that Windows 11 will continue to start in Safe Mode until you undo the changes.

After correcting the problem with the device, you can undo the changes using the same instructions, but clicking Step # 4, make sure you get the Safe start Opportunity. There are also a number of techniques you can use to access the Advanced Boot Options recovery environment. You can refer to this guide to learn the various techniques.

In addition to the Control Panel, you can also use the Command Prompt and PowerShell commands in Safe Mode to remove updates from Windows 11.