Latest Windows update causing problems for many, uninstall or hold off on installing – here’s how

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Ah, the Windows update. Normally people love software updates because they bring new features with them on top of fixing bugs. However, the Windows update has never been popular, especially with techies, for various reasons.

One of those reasons is that they seem to break stuff more often than not. Well, to be fair, they have been better in the last 5 years or so, especially on Windows 11. However, today we are here to talk about a new Windows update that seems to be breaking a little too many things for our liking.

This new Windows 11 update, released around the 24th of May is rolling out across the globe but you might want to hold off on getting it if you don’t want to deal with bugs and troubleshooter apps.

For those that would want to know, the following is the update we are talking about:

A cumulative update

How to pause updates

If you leave your PC as is, it will download and install updates automatically. So, here’s what you have to do to stop this, at least until we know that this latest update is good to install. You can be certain Microsoft is working on fixing the update so that it doesn’t break as many things as it is breaking. For now,

  • Go to Settings
  • Click on Windows Update
  • Under More options you will see, Pause updates, click on where it says Pause for 1 week. It is a drop-down menu that will reveal options of up to 4 weeks. Choose 4 weeks if they will allow you.

Depending on how you have used the Pause updates feature, you may only be allowed to pause updates for just one week. Here’s what I’m getting myself,

Says “You’ve reached the maximum amount of pause time. To help keep your device secure, get the latest updates – then you’ll be able to pause again.”

Get whatever maximum you can, would be my advice.

For those that already installed

Uninstalling the update

If you are not comfortable tinkering with your PC, you are better off just uninstalling the update. It is possible to uninstall Windows updates and here is how you do it:

  • Open Settings and go to Windows Update.
  • Open Update History and scroll all the way to close to the bottom and select Uninstall Updates.
  • Locate the KB5026446 and click Uninstall.
  • Restart your device.

If you won’t uninstall

There are various issues that those who installed the update are facing. We’ll go through many of them and the possible solutions.

However, we won’t be going into detail, rather we will just point to the direction one should take. We will assume if you’re comfortable enough tinkering, you already have an idea of how to proceed as given by Gizchina.

Installation Errors

Some may be trying to install the update but failing to do so. Try to:

  • Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
  • Run the DISM tool
  • Run the SFC tool
  • Temporarily uninstall third-party antivirus or security software

Not enough memory resources

If you cannot access the SMB shared folder after installing the update, getting the following errors “Not enough memory resources” or “Insufficient system resources,” try:

  • Increasing the amount of memory available to the system
  • Disable SMB signing

Provisioning packages not working

  • Use the latest version of the Windows Configuration Designer.
  • Use the latest version of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit.

Windows remote desktop application not responding

  • Use the latest version of the Remote Desktop client.
  • Use the latest version of the Remote Desktop Gateway.

Apps not opening and Microsoft Store and Gamepass failures

Uninstall the update

If you want to troubleshoot the problems after installing the update:

  1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter: Click on Start, then select Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Windows Update > Run the troubleshooter.
  2. Run the DISM tool: Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type the following command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth.
  3. Run the SFC tool: Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type the following command: sfc /scannow.

Again, I would recommend that most of us simply pause updates or uninstall the update. That’s it.

Did you install the update and if so, are among those facing issues or has it been Easy Street for you?

Also read:

The easiest way to install Windows 11 on unsupported computers

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  1. Nuance

    What is the best course of action if update is not yet installed but you are prompted for the download and install of this KB5026446 update?

    1. Y

      I wonder why Microsoft has not yet paused pushing the update to users if there is widespread reports of problems arising from installing the update?

      1. Temporary Demidevil Advocate

        How many people are actually reporting to Microsoft support instead of just complaining in unofficial forums and on twitter threads? They might look into it off the clock but Microsoft may not have gotten enough direct validated feedback to warrant such a big move yet.

    2. Windows Closed

      Use the instructions above to postpone updates for as long as you can. Microsoft may fix it or offer guidance down the line, if it’s worth their while. If you mistakenly install it or it is installed automatically because of your settings, first, asses if you are amongst those affected. It might not be worth the fuss if the broken features don’t actually affect your usage. Secondly, if you are affected, the option to uninstall the update is still available to you as described above.

  2. Isaac

    I thought that’s normal on Windows 😂

    1. Isaac

      I pray my mom doesn’t update her office pc

  3. Fanny

    What if l lose my data base after installing that windows 11.
    Is there anyone who tried this coz, l don’t wanna risk my life otherwise l will finish my self after losing my data

    1. Chronically Offline

      Do you mean windows 11 or just the update? I installed Windows 11 using the last guide posted by Techzim for unsupported computers and it turned out fine. I just had to reinstall software and move my data from the Old Windows folder back to their proper folders. As for this update, I have not tried it. Been a while since my laptop was online😅

      Either way, don’t force it if you aren’t certain yet. Postpone the update and take the time to research the issues before updating. More importantly, make a plan around backing up your data. It’s obviously important to you so don’t wait untill the day your drive fails or Microsoft accidentally drops a nuke to think about backing up your key data.

  4. Fanny

    I mean windows 11, Thanks Chronically with the idea.

  5. Anonymous

    This is a Cumulative Update Preview, it’s optional and does not yet contain security updates.

  6. RandmVilnce

    This update is supposed to be optional, but even with updated postponed, it installs this update none the less. This updates Breaks RDP over wifi for 2 of my clients, both were using sonicwall SSLVPN Netextender clients, working fine until this update applies, after that the client connects to the RDP session but cannot do anything, it fully locks up and disconnects.

  7. Isaac

    Meanwhile Mac has got visions

    1. Apple Sauce

      🤷🏾‍♂️It’s the usual Apple shenanigans. Take everyone else’s homework after it was already handed in, marked, put in the end of year report and then dunk it in Apple sauce, stick a 4 figure price tag on it and call it a day. I’m not mad though, they are good at it and it might end up boosting the market for this stuff, if 3rd party developers can knock it out of the park

    2. Isaac

      Yeah, it’s said it’s way too good. I feel for Mark though, arohwa chekwa left mface wedu 😂

      1. Fanny

        It seems ndirikusarira Rega ndimbomira kutaura foreign language nditaure rurimi rwa amai, arohwa chekwa left ndiani

      2. Isaac

        Zuckerberg, zvidhori zvake zveMeta zvakuita kunge 2D when compared to Vision 😂

  8. Fanny

    Kkkkkkkkkk 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 watanga wazviwana kupi izvozvo

  9. R

    As a Mathematics undergraduate and data scientist, rarely update software be Windows or else. Sometime back I was working on a project and I had to meet deadline.

    Unfortunately, when I updated the software all data was lost, the update didn’t run…we lost the contract.

    Let us wait for stable updates.

  10. 404

    After installing the update, OneDrive stopped working after getting an error message. Restarting the computer solved the problem.

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  12. Bhavesh

    The latest Windows update seems to be causing more problems than fixes. Consider holding off on installing or uninstalling if you want to avoid potential issues.

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