I'm having an issue on my server when working with my VM guests, and I think its due to a recently installed update. What is the correct command to uninstall Windows Updates from either the command prompt, or Powershell?

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To obtain a list of installed patches you can do:

wmic qfe list

To uninstall a listed patch, you do:

wusa /uninstall /kb:<kbnumber>

Here are some links with more information: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/indexid/57960/Default.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934307

Note: the 934307 KB article says that you can't use /uninstall on Windows 2008 - this does not apply to Windows 2008 R2 - they enabled the uninstall switch on R2 (see the last link).

  • Or to retrieve the list of installed patched in PowerShell: Get-Hotfix
    – Rich M
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 14:33

Since I just ran into this, and it's not clear from the documentation, when using wusa /uninstall /kb:<kb number> make sure you're using the actual number from the KB, not the number and the KB.

Wrong: wusa /uninstall /kb:KB123456

Right: wusa /uninstall /kb:123456


And to do it from a remote computer : wmic /node:SRVNAME process call create "powershell wusa /uninstall /kb:2639043 /quiet /norestart"

and wusa /? to have more information on parameters


On Windows 10 the /quiet no longer works. You may use:

$SearchUpdates = dism /online /get-packages | findstr "Package_for"
$updates = $SearchUpdates.replace("Package Identity : ", "") | findstr "KBXXXXXX"
DISM.exe /Online /Remove-Package /PackageName:$updates /quiet /norestart

see: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/f6594e00-2400-4276-85a1-fb06485b53e6/issues-with-wusaexe-and-windows-10-enterprise?forum=win10itprogeneral


Try this in CMD or PS

wmic qfe list brief /format:table
  • Try to explain your command a bit,
    – bjoster
    Commented Apr 6, 2020 at 10:46
  • PS command is Get-Hotfix
    – Rich M
    Commented Mar 11, 2022 at 14:34

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