What to do in the event of faulty Windows updates?

Windows updates can cause problems on the computer again and again. TECHNOLOGY BUTTON shows you how to get rid of the update.

Start Windows in Safe Mode

Windows has what is known as safe mode. This is useful if the operating system causes problems – for example with faulty Windows updates. In this mode, large parts of the Windows system are switched off – such as installed programs, drivers and many extensions. Features are limited, it is practically the most basic form of Windows. Even if an installed program, a virus or a faulty update prevent Windows from working properly, safe mode still offers a way out.

  1. Open the Start menu and hold down the [Shift] key while clicking Restart button.
  2. Windows now starts in the extended boot menu.
  3. Click Troubleshoot, and then click Advanced Options .
  4. Now select Startup Settings , a list of options will appear.
  5. Press the number key [4] to start Windows in Safe Mode.
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TECHNOLOGY BUTTON generally recommends that updates not be installed immediately after they appear. Instead, users should first wait and see whether the update works without problems for others. If this is the case, the software should still be installed promptly, as it often contains patches that close critical security gaps.

Uninstall faulty Windows updates again

Fortunately, the deinstallation of faulty updates on a Windows computer is done very quickly. If an update is responsible for errors in the system, you can roll back to an older Windows version. Problems associated with an update also disappear again. Installed Windows updates can be found under the following path in the settings:

  1. Navigate to Windows Settings using the gear in the Start menu  .
  2. Click Update & Security,  and then  click Windows Update .
  3. There select the option View update history .
  4. In the next window click on Uninstall Updates to open a list of installed updates.
  5. Arrange them according to the latest updates and remove them using the Uninstall button .

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Revert to an older version of Windows

Windows 10 receives so-called function updates at regular intervals. Unlike security updates and cumulative updates, these are usually significantly larger and take time to install. Feature updates usually appear in spring and fall. Since they can bring a whole range of new functions and new designs with them, these Windows updates can be faulty for many users after installation. Microsoft therefore allows the feature updates to be postponed for up to 12 months after they have been released.

If you install a function update and have problems with it, you are not completely lost. Even after installing a new Windows version, Microsoft allows you to revert to the most recently installed stable version . A faulty Windows update will then automatically disappear from the hard drive. However, this only applies for a period of ten days. Anyone who has problems should therefore act quickly. If the ten days have passed, the only solution is to reinstall Windows 10.

Before reverting to the previous version of Windows, it is important to back up your data.

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Remove faulty Windows update through recovery

  1. In the start menu, click the gear icon.
  2. Go to Update and Security and choose Recovery .
  3. In the ” Go back to the previous version of Windows 10″ section, click Let’s go .
  4. Select a reason from the list and click next.
  5. Make sure you click No, thanks in the “Check for updates?” Window .
  6. Now press Next to start the recovery process.
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