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Tech Tips for Writers #92: Rollback Windows Updates

One more tip you need to know to start your writing year right

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: Windows installed automatic updates and now my Outlook keeps freezing. What do I do?

A: I used to turn off the automatic updates, but then I missed some critical ones. Now, if I have a problem (like the above, which I did), I go into the updates list and uninstall the ones that have to do with whatever I’m having problems with.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Go to start button, all program, Windows Update
  • Select ‘view updates’
  • The next screen prompts you–at the top of the page: To remove an  update, see installed updates (which is a link–click this link)
  • Select the updates that have to do with your problem. In this case, it would be any that updated Outlook
  • Select them one at a time and select ‘uninstall‘ (this choice doesn’t appear next to ‘organize‘ until you select an update to uninstall)

That’s it. Now cross your fingers and hope everything goes back to working. If not, you’ll have to restore your computer to an earlier date that worked.

More Tech Tips for writers:

End-of-year tech tips: Back up Your Computer

Tech Tip for Writers #59: Shortkey for the Copyright Symbol

Tech Tips for Writers #53: How to Pin Any Program to the Start Menu

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is  editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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10 thoughts on “Tech Tips for Writers #92: Rollback Windows Updates

    • This is a wonderful fix for unexpected problems.That assumes, of course, the computer boots up. I’ve had times when I couldn’t even do that! Which is why I back up in about five locations.

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