Uninstall a Windows Update from Command Line

A quick tip to keep in your toolbox. If ever there is a “bad update” from Microsoft and you need to quickly uninstall it, use the wusa tool. If you open a command prompt now and type “wusa” and hit <enter>, a screen will pop up with the various command line options:

wusa.exe options

To uninstall a particular KB, such as the recently defunct KB2823324, you might type wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:2823324 /quiet /norestart.

Obviously you can then use this command in a script or batch file. And even better, combined with psexec from pstools, you can send this command to remote workstations to uninstall from other systems in your care.

2 thoughts to “Uninstall a Windows Update from Command Line”

  1. You might get an error code 3010 when you do this, this just means that your /norestart prevented wusa from rebooting the PC, which is good :-)

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