Tech Tip #91: Rollback Windows Updates

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Today’s tip: Rollback Windows Updates

Category: PCs, Problem-solving

Q: Windows automatically updated and now one of my programs freezes. What do I do?

A: Go into the Updates list and uninstall the one addressing your problem program. Here’s how you do it:

  • Go to Start button>All programs>Windows Updates; select ‘view updates’. Or, search ‘Windows Updates’.
  • Select ‘View update history’
  • Select ‘Uninstall updates’
  • That takes you to a screen with all of the updates. It will instruct you:

To uninstall an update, select it from the list and click Uninstall or Change’

If things don’t return to normal, see Tech Tip #41 to restore to an earlier date that worked.

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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3 thoughts on “Tech Tip #91: Rollback Windows Updates

  1. Great tip. Thanks, Jacqui. It’s really annoying when something ‘bad’ happens to a program that was okay before.

    1. I tried this once when I was desperate. It sounds complicated, but wasn’t too bad–and it did fix the problem!

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