Need To Uninstall Windows 8.1 Update? Here Is How

Downloaded and installed Windows 8.1 Update? Liking it? Loving it? However if you, for some reason, want to uninstall this feature pack for Microsoft’s operating system there are a couple of ways to go about it.

You might not be entirely satisfied with it, or it might be incompatible with some of your current software. Or maybe you are getting some errors with your particular hardware configuration.

Anyway, uninstallation is not the easiest of tasks, due to the fact that Windows 8.1 Update does not show up in the “Uninstall a program” section of the operating system. But the process is pretty straightforward, otherwise.

Before we get to the nuts and bolts, do keep in mind that this is a mandatory update for everyone running Windows 8.1 — meaning it is required if you want to continue receiving updates.

Windows 8 users, however, have nothing to fear. They will continue receiving updates and security patches for the foreseeable future, even if they have not installed Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update. Oh, the perks of staying on older platforms!

But if you want to uninstall this latest release, here is what you have to do.

The update comes in the form of several KB files, and you are going to have to remove them all in order to go back to Windows 8.1 standard. Just head on over to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > View installed updates.

Here, uninstall the following files: KB2949621, KB2938439, KB2937592, KB2932046, and KB2919355. Reboot, and you are done.

Additionally, there is a second method that works just as fine.

Launch a Command Prompt window (with administrator privileges) and run the following commands:

wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2949621
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2938439
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2937592
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2932046
wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2919355

One by one, obviously. Reboot, and you are done.

Please Leave Your Comments Below...

  • Ray C

    I thought everyone knew you could just go in and remove KB

    • Jake

      You’d be surprised how many people don’t even know how to access the control panel. Lol. Either way, it’s nice to post this incase those people are reading it.

  • Jason Claven

    Helpful for those who don’t like the update, but has that been the case? Have we heard anything about problems from the updates or is this just in case?

  • Emily W

    This will be helpful if there’s a problem from the update, but other than that, not much to use for it, since it’s a mandatory update.

  • Sally Black

    Let me know if there’s a problem with the update. I assume it’s going to work fine since it’s mandatory, so I don’t see this being a problem! 🙂