Preventing Individual Updates from Installing in Windows 10

Published Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Microsoft has released two cumulative updates for Windows 10 which have spun it into an annoying installation cycle, because there's no way to prevent updates from installing on Windows 10.

Fortunately, Microsoft has released a handy tool to block specific Windows updates (or driver updates) from installing. Here's how to use it.

Using the Handy tool

  1. Uninstall any unwanted updates
    If Windows installed an update you didn't want, or that broke something, uninstall it to prevent it installing again. If it keeps failing, then it won't be installed, so skip this step.

  2. Download the Tool
    Download the tool from here.

  3. Run the Tool
    Open the wushowhide.diagcab diagnostic cabinet file, Click 'Advanced' and deselect 'Apply repairs automatically'.

    Show or Hide Updates tool

  4. Allow the tool to detect problems

    Problem Detection

  5. Select 'Hide Updates'
    or 'Show Hidden Updates' if you're looking for an update you've hidden.

    Select an Update to Hide

  6. Click 'Next' and confirm the update hiding

    Confirm the Update Hiding

  7. Let it do its thing

    Waiting

  8. Confirm that the task has completed successfully
    The window should look something like this:

    Completion

    You can now exit it.

The update(s) have been successfully hidden and won't be installed.
You can double check this by opening Windows Update in the Settings App. You should either see this:

Windows Update

or a list of updates to be installed without the update you hid. Now all you have to do is wait until an update is released to fix the broken stuff in that update.

To unhide an update open the diagnostic tool and go to 'Show Hidden Updates', and unhide the update you hid.