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Uninstall an update using Patch Manager

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Created by Justin Rouviere, last modified by Craig O’ Neill on Aug 12, 2016

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WSUS includes the ability to approve updates for removal. The WUAgent removes the update from applicable computers the next time they check in with WSUS. Use Patch Manager to force or schedule the update removal action.

Note: WSUS can only remove updates with MSI or MSP installers.


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To approve an update for removal using Patch Manager:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, expand Enterprise > Update Services.
  2. Expand your update server.
  3. Expand Updates, and then select an update container.
  4. In the center pane, select the update you want to remove.
  5. In the Actions pane (right), click Approve.
  6. In the Approve Updates window, select the computer group from which you want to remove the update.
  7. On the toolbar, click Approved for Removal.
  8. Click OK.
  9. In the Approval Progress window, examine the results for any errors.
  10. Click Close to close that window.
  11. On the Update Content Download dialog, click OK.

The system approves the selected update for removal on the computer(s) you specified.

To force or schedule the update removal action:

  1. In the left pane of the Patch Manager console, select any computer container.
  2. If applicable, select one or more computers in the center pane.
  3. In the Actions pane (right), click Update Management.
  4. On the Update Management window toolbar, click Select Updates.
  5. In the left pane of the Update Selection Management window, browse for the update you want to remove.
  6. With the update in the top-center pane, click Add selected updates.
    Note: If you have not already approved the selected update for removal, access the Approve Updates window by clicking Approve in the Update Selection Management toolbar.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Back on the Update Management window, specify any additional options
  9. In the Actions drop down select Uninstall then click OK.
  10. If applicable, specify the computer(s) from which you want to remove the update.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Specify the scheduling, export, and email options for the task on the Scheduling and Notification Options dialog in the Task Options Wizard.
  13. Click Next.
  14. Review the information on the Summary dialog, and then click Finish.

The system schedules the task and the WUAgent removes the selected update from all applicable computers in the group or list you specified.

You can also do this from the Update View in the WSUS view of Patch Manager:

  1. Once the update is on WSUS, select it in Update Services → Updates → Update View.
  2. Select Update Management in the Actions pane.
  3. Click the Update and select Uninstall from the dropdown box in Actions.
  4. Click OK.
  5. A Task Operations Wizard launches and allows you to target the clients. 
  6. Complete the wizard to schedule the task or choose to launch now.



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