Prevent a Problematic Windows Update From Reinstalling in Windows 10
In Windows 10, your PC or device is always kept up to date with the latest features and fixes. This means, for most of us who use Windows 10 Home, we have no control over installing updates. ( It looks like this will change in a future version of Windows 10, but for now, Windows 10 Home users do not have much control over Windows 10 updates.)Windows Updates are installed automatically, and Windows 10 Home users have no choice to select which updates they do or do not want.
And we are all aware, by now, that sometimes Windows 10 updates can cause problems. So today, we’re going to show you how to remove and update and then how to stop that problematic update from reinstalling automatically the next time Windows Updates are installed.
If an update is causing system crashes, problems or instability on your PC, you can follow the instructions below, to prevent the unwanted update from being installed:
In the taskbar search/Cortana, type “View Installed Updates” (without the quotes).
- Click on View Installed Updates — Control Panel when it appears in the Search results.
- To uninstall the unwanted update, select it from the list and then click Uninstall.
Now, you’re all set until next time Windows updates, and re-installs the update you just uninstalled. So, you have more work to do if you want to prevent Windows from reinstalling the problematic update you just uninstalled.
So… If you want to prevent trouble-making updates from being reinstalled, keep on reading.
To prevent the update from being reinstalled, a troubleshooter is available from Microsoft, that provides a user interface for hiding and showing Windows Updates for Windows 10. You can obtain and run the “Show or hide updates” troubleshooter by downloading it from the Microsoft Download Center:
When you click on the download link, you will be prompted to open or save wushowhide.diagcab. Save it to your PC, and click to run it.
Opening wushowhide.diagcab will launch the troubleshooter. Then click Next to proceed and follow the instructions provided by the troubleshooter to hide the problematic driver or update.
When the program starts to run, you’ll see it scanning your computer for updates. When it’s done you’ll see a window like this one.
Click on “Hide updates”
Windows will display all pending updates:
You’ll see a list of available updates. Select the update or updates that are causing you problems. Windows Update will not reinstall the items you select.
And, hopefully, that’s that!