How to Remove Hotfix

by Chris Hoffman

Hotfixes are updates from Microsoft for Windows. Hotfixes contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, stability problems, or other bugs in Windows. Hotfixes are small patches to specific parts of Windows, unlike service packs which are large patches updating many parts of Windows. Since every hotfix modifies the Windows operating system, a hotfix may, in rare cases, break an existing application on your Windows system. Remove a Hotfix using the Windows Control Panel.

1

Open the control panel by clicking "Start," then "Control Panel."

2

Click "Uninstall a Program" under "Programs."

3

View installed hotfixes by clicking "View Installed Updates" in the left sidebar of the "Uninstall or Change a Program" window.

4

Sort hotfixes by install date by clicking the "Installed On" header at the upper-right corner of the "Uninstall an Update" window.

5

Remove a hotfix by clicking it in the list, then clicking "Uninstall" on the toolbar above the list.

6

Confirm hotfix removal by clicking "Yes" to the "Are You Sure You Want to Uninstall this Update?" prompt.

Warning

  • Don't remove hotfixes unless you have a specific software incompatibility issue that requires it. Removing security hotfixes makes your Windows system vulnerable to attack.

About the Author

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around tech geek who writes for PC World, MakeUseOf, and How-To Geek. He's been using Windows since Windows 3.1 was released in 1992.

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