How to Take away the Botched Windows 10 Update KB4524244

Microsoft has recently pulled Windows 10 security update KB4524244 after the company discovered that in some cases, not just that it does not install, it causes other issues by breaking down certain options that come with the operating-system, such as the Reset this PC option.

This security update was published last month 11 as part of this month’s Patch Tuesday rollout and was aimed at all Windows 10 versions released so far, including those no longer getting updates for Home and Pro SKUs.

The Windows 10 versions that received the KB4524244 update are the following:

Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update)
Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update)
Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update)
Windows 10 version 1803 (May 2018 Update)
Windows 10 version 1809 (October 2018 Update)
Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update)
Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 Update)

Microsoft says you will find technically a number of different issues that you can experience after installing this update, as it follows:

Installation failure
Unnamed post-installation errors
Reset this PC option divided

However, Microsoft says it pulled the update to prevent these problems from hitting more devices. Systems in which the update already installed correctly and no issues are experienced whatsoever don’t need to take it off. On the other hand, if update KB4524244 was installed from Windows Update and you are now encountering these errors or other glitches, removing it’s the only way to correct the behavior.

“To help a sub-set of affected devices, this standalone security update continues to be removed and won’t re-offered from Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Update Catalog. Note This does not affect any other update, including Latest Cumulative Update (LCU), Monthly Rollup or Security Only update,” Microsoft says.

Removing KB4524244 isn’t a difficult move to make if you’re able to boot towards the desktop – should you can’t, you’d better allow Windows to undo changes after which boot to the old desktop; because the update is no longer available for download from Windows Update, it shouldn’t be provided again.

So what you need to do on Windows 10 is adopt these measures to uninstall KB4524244:

Windows 10 > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Update History > View your update history > Uninstall updates

Search for KB4524244 in the listing of installed updates and then remove it. A reboot from the system will be required to save your changes – again, because the update is no longer offered on Windows Update, it shouldn’t reattempt to set up, so no further modifications are required on your side and everything ought to be normal again.

Additionally, you can also uninstall the update from the command line. To get this done, click the Start menu, type cmd.exe > Right-click Command Prompt > Run as administrator after which within the app type the following command:

wusa /uninstall /kb:KB4524244 /quiet

A reboot may also be required after running the command in order to save the changes to the system.

While Microsoft says it would no more re-release the update after it corrects the problems, the organization claims that the patched version would go reside in the approaching weeks. Most likely, Microsoft will wait until the next Patch Tuesday rollout to solve the issues – in March, Patch Tuesday happens on the 10th, so we’re still some 3 weeks away from the moment a full patch would land.

“We are working with an improved form of this update in coordination with our partners and can release it in a future update,” Microsoft says.