How to Uninstall a Windows Update Offline via Windows RE

If a recently installed cumulative update or feature update has rendered your Windows 10/11 computer unbootable, you can use the Windows Recovery Options to uninstall the newly installed update.

You can uninstall a recent update using two methods, and this article explains both ways.

Uninstall a Windows Update Offline

Choose one of the following methods (GUI vs. command-line) to uninstall a recent Windows 10 Update via Windows Recovery Options. Method 1 is the easiest option, but it exists only in the latest versions of Windows 10. The instructions apply to Windows 10 and 11.

Method 1: Uninstall Updates via Windows RE Advanced Options

Boot the system using your Windows installation media or Recovery drive and access the Windows Recovery Options. See how to access the Windows Recovery Environment.

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windows recovery options

In the Windows Recovery Options menu, click Troubleshoot, and then click Advanced Options.

Click Uninstall Updates. This option removes recently installed quality or feature updates.

uninstall windows 10 update offline

(If you booted from a USB setup disk, you’d be asked to choose the target Operating System on the next screen.)

You’re asked to choose the type of update you want to uninstall. Quality updates are monthly cumulative updates or roll-up patches mostly containing security fixes and are released every month. Feature updates are massive updates that are version upgrades released twice a year (e.g., referenced by their versions 2004, 21H2, 22H2, etc.)

uninstall windows 10 update offline

Click on Uninstall latest quality update, and then click Uninstall quality update on the next screen.

uninstall windows 10 update offline

uninstall windows 10 update offline

Method 2: Using DISM to Uninstall an Update

To uninstall an update offline using the DISM command-line tool, in Windows RE’s Advanced Options window, click Command Prompt.

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Find out the drive letter of your Windows installation by typing bcdedit

If Windows was installed on C:\ drive, it might be assigned D:\, E:\ or something else (depending upon the disk/partitions layout), when you’re in Windows RE. The output of the bcdedit command shows the Windows drive letter as seen from Windows RE.

Once you get the drive letter of your Windows installation, next, run the following command to get the list of update packages installed.

dism /Image:D:\  /get-packages  /format:list

(Assuming D:\ is the Windows drive letter)

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.18362.1

Image Version: 10.0.18362.175

Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-Client-LanguagePack-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~en-US~10.0.18362.175
State : Installed
Release Type : Language Pack
Install Time : 6/12/2019 3:46 PM

Package Identity : Microsoft-Windows-FodMetadata-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.18362.1
State : Installed
Release Type : Feature Pack
Install Time : 3/19/2019 6:21 AM

Package Identity : Package_for_KB4498523~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.144.1.1
State : Installed
Release Type : Security Update
Install Time : 5/30/2019 12:25 PM

Package Identity : Package_for_KB4500109~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.110.1.1
State : Installed
Release Type : Security Update
Install Time : 5/22/2019 3:45 AM

Package Identity : Package_for_KB4503308~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~
State : Installed
Release Type : Security Update
Install Time : 6/12/2019 3:01 PM

Package Identity : Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.175.1.6
State : Installed
Release Type : Update
Install Time : 6/12/2019 3:46 PM

The operation completed successfully.

Copy the Package Identity of the update you want to uninstall. The update’s installation date and the build number in the Package Id give you a hint on which update is what.

For example, 18362.175.1.6 is the build number of the latest Cumulative Update installed on the computer. To get more details about the update, run this command:

dism /Image:D:\  /get-packageinfo /PackageName:Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.175.1.6

It gives you more information about the update, as below:

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.18362.1

Image Version: 10.0.18362.175

Package information:

Package Identity : Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.175.1.6
Applicable : Yes
Copyright : Microsoft Corporation
Company : Microsoft Corporation
Creation Time : 
Description : Fix for KB4503293
Install Client : UpdateAgentLCU
Install Package Name : Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.175.1.6.mum
Install Time : 6/12/2019 3:46 PM
Last Update Time : 
Name : default
Product Name : Package_for_RollupFix
Product Version : 
Release Type : Update
Restart Required : Possible
Support Information :
State : Installed
Completely offline capable : Undetermined
Self servicing package : No
Capability Identity : 

Custom Properties:

Version : 10.0.18362.175
PackageFormat : PSFX

Features listing for package : Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.175.1.6

(No features found for this package)

The operation completed successfully.

While the above info is self-explanatory, for additional confirmation, you may visit the Support Information URL from another computer or mobile device. The support link tells you that the build 18362.175.1.6 corresponds to the June 11, 2019—KB4503293 (OS Build 18362.175) Cumulative Update.

To uninstall the recently installed Cumulative Update 18362.175.1.6, run this command:

dism /Image:D:\ /Remove-Package /PackageName:Package_for_RollupFix~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~18362.175.1.6

Exit the Windows Recovery Options and continue to Windows.

That’s it! You’ve downgraded the build from 18362.175.1.6 to 18362.30 (which is the base build of v1903)

Running winver.exe shows you the current version & build the system is running.

uninstall windows 10 update offline

I hope one of the above methods helped you fix a non-bootable (due to a recent update) Windows 10/11 computer and get it back working.

Did you know that Windows RE also lets you perform a System Restore rollback offline?

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

3 thoughts on “How to Uninstall a Windows Update Offline via Windows RE”

  1. Hello,

    I am trying to fix a windows installation stuck in the blue death screen. When I excecute

    dism /Image:E:\ /get-packages /format:list (target installation is on drive e:)

    I get Error 126: The Specified Module Could Not Be Found.

    Any help?

    Thank you

  2. Hello Ramesh,
    I’m trying to resolve a boot device not found error and when I excute the cmd;
    dism /Image:C:\ /get-packages /format:list
    I get the Error 1812
    This request not supported
    The DISM log file can be found at X:\windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

    What are my next steps


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