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.