Windows 10 will now automatically uninstall system updates causing stability issues

Ruben Fields
March 12, 2019

The new feature is created to spot if Windows has failed to start and cross-reference it against any updates to Windows-as-a-Service that have been installed, and if necessary, restore to the "last good configuration".

When this happens, a notification will pop up explaining that Windows 10 has removed some "recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure".

If you run Windows 10 and love to install the latest updates as soon as they become available, you must be aware of the series of issues being caused by buggy Windows 10 updates. Windows Updates which fail dues to software incompatibilities will get automatically uninstalled.

Windows 10 build 18351, which was originally released to Fast ring insiders on March 5, is now available for the Slow ring too, but this time it also comes with a cumulative update that brings one fix. Microsoft's convoluted update program is infamous for botched implementations, and its massive user base has grown tired of every little automatically installed patch.

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If the uninstall process is triggered, the operating system will not attempt to reinstall the rogue update for at least 30 days, with Microsoft explaining that: "This will give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and fix any issues".

This new feature is welcome, as the general advice for people who are experiencing problems after installing an update is to uninstall the update to see if that fixes things. It's worth noting that Microsoft performs this step only when it's done with all the other possible recovery methods.

In this updated document, Microsoft also added that to avoid similar issues and to "ensure that your device can start up and continue running as expected", the company will also prevent Windows to install any problematic updates automatically for the next 30 days. Of course, if you can't wait that long, you can manually force the updates to be installed.

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