Tips to uninstall an update in Windows® 7
Learn about the need and the techniques to uninstall an update in Windows 7 operating system. How can errors that arise during the uninstall process be resolved?
When you find that the Microsoft Windows update is interfering with the productivity or the operation of your PC, you can remove the update if you want. There are many reasons for removing the update. One such example is that, sometimes the wrong download policy may be set. This means you have selected 'Do Not Allow Installation' when the package does not possess a digital signature. In addition, other necessary files may be corrupt or missing too, or you may need to enable Cryptographic Services in your system. But while turning on the PC always remember that, if the update is causing the computer to crash after or during start-up, restart the computer in 'safe mode' by holding down the F8 key on the keyboard during start-up.
Steps to undo a Windows Update and tips to solve some common issues associated to it are discussed below:
- Steps to undo
- Solutions for the issues
Steps to undo
Click on the 'Start' button and choose the 'Control Panels' item and then double-click with your mouse on the option that reads 'Add/Remove Programs' in that window. This tool allows you to install and uninstall programs from your PC and hence you should go for the 'Change or Remove Programs' Tab and then you have to scroll down to the end of the list of programs. Near the bottom of the list you will see a list of updates that have been installed on your PC. Select the update that is causing the computer issues, and click on the 'Remove' button. You can follow the on-screen instructions that would appear, and then reboot the system.
There could be perhaps a large number of error messages when your computer is unable to perform an update. Sometimes the 'Digital Signature Not Found' is displayed which means that the update you are trying to download does not contain a Microsoft signature, and may not work with Windows. There are also chances for a number of error messages which refer to the Cryptographic Services.
Keep your Operating System updated. Windows Update is a utility in Windows Operating Systems that regularly updates the computer with the latest software and security settings. By default, Windows Update involuntarily installs the newest updates to your computer. If the Windows Update utility is not functioning properly, fix this problem by launching the troubleshooting application. For this go to the 'Start' menu and choose 'Control Panel' and type 'Troubleshooter' in the search box. Then you have to navigate to the 'System Security' section, and click 'Fix Problems with Windows Update' to solve it.
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