Microsoft removes recent security update: Here's how to uninstall it from your PC

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What you need to know

  • Security update KB4524244 causes issues on a subset of Windows 10 PCs.
  • Microsoft removed the update and will not-reoffer it in the future.
  • You can uninstall the update from your system if you're experiencing issues.

The most recent security update to Windows 10 causes issues on a subset of Windows 10 PCs (via Neowin). Microsoft removed security update KB4524244 and will not re-offer it in the future. The update can cause the "Reset this PC" feature, also known as "Push Button Reset," to fail. The security update addressed an issue that could cause UEFI boot managers to expose UEFI PCs to a vulnerability. Microsoft points out that this only affects a subset of PCs.

If you already installed the security update and your PC has an issue with the "Reset this PC" feature, you can uninstall the update. Microsoft highlights that you can uninstall the security update without affecting other updates such as the most recent Cumulative Update. Here are the steps to remove the update, as outlined by Microsoft:

  1. Select the start button or Windows Desktop Search and type update history and select View your Update history.
  2. On the Settings/View update history dialog window, Select Uninstall Updates.
  3. On the Installed Updates dialog window, find and select KB4524244 and select the Uninstall button.
  4. Restart your device.
  5. Upon restart use the "Reset this PC" feature and you should not encounter this issue.

If you've already updated your PC and aren't experiencing any issues, it's probably not worth uninstalling the update. The issues with "Reset this PC" seem limited, so your device may have received the update without any issues.

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