How to reinstall Windows 11 updates

It’s crucially important to keep your Windows 11 device up to date, but things don’t always go to plan.  

Some updates inadvertently contain bugs, which can slow down your device and make you wish you’d stuck with the previous version. But sometimes, it’s just a problem with the way the update was applied. 

If you’re unhappy with a recent update, it’s worth checking which is to blame. An issue during installation is usually solved by reinstalling it, but you may want to block an update if it’s known to cause issues. In this article, we outline how to do both. 

How to uninstall updates in Windows 11

Whether you want to reinstall the update or block it, uninstalling the update will always be the first step. Fortunately, Microsoft makes the process relatively easy: 

Open Settings, then select ‘Windows Update’ from the left paneUnder ‘More options’, click ‘Update history’ Scroll down to ‘Related settings’, then click ‘Uninstall updates’

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The Control Panel will now open, displaying all the updates you’ve recently installed Click the offending update to highlight it, then click ‘Uninstall’ from above the listClick ‘Yes’ to confirm, then restart your device when prompted

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Assuming this is a Windows 11 security or feature update, this will just take you back to the version you had installed previously.  

How to reinstall updates in Windows 11

That same update should now be available to download from Settings: 

Open Settings Select ‘Windows Update’ from the left pane, then click ‘Check for updates’ After a few seconds, the same update should now appear. Click ‘Download & install’ 

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To complete installation, restart your device when prompted 

Not seeing the update appear? It may still be available via Microsoft’s Update Catalog – search using the update number beginning with KB. Once downloaded, double-click the file and follow the instructions to install it on your device. This will also require a restart. 

How to block updates in Windows 11

If you know there’s a specific update causing the problems, your best bet is to prevent the system from ever downloading it again: 

Download Microsoft’s ‘Show or hide updates’ tool Double-click the downloaded file to open it. Bypass any warnings that it could be malicious – that’s not the case From the window that opens, click ‘Next’ From the next screen, click ‘Hide updates’

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Tick the box next to the problematic update and click ‘Next’

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Click ‘Close’ 

There’s no need to restart your device this time. If you ever change your mind, choose ‘Show hidden updates’ rather than ‘Hide updates’ in step 4.

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