Uninstall update KB5034765 to fix Taskbar problems on Windows 11

If a particular update is causing problems, you can remove it to roll back to the previous good working state, and here's how.

Uninstall problematic update
Uninstall problematic update / Image: Mauro Huculak
  • To uninstall the update KB5034765 from Windows 11, open Settings > Windows Update > Update history > Uninstall updates, and click the “Uninstall” option for the February update.

UPDATED 1/3/2024: On Windows 11, you can uninstall the update KB5034765 and revert to the previous good working state if your computer is experiencing problems, and in this guide, I’ll show you how. 

A small scope of users are noticing various problems after installing the Windows 11 update KB5034765 (as well as the update KB5034763 for Windows 10), which Microsoft released as the February 2024 Patch Tuesday update.

According to reports (via Windows Latest), after installing the update, the Taskbar disappeared from the desktop. Other users reported missing features from the Taskbar instead, including missing sound, network, and security icons from the System Tray.

Furthermore, there is evidence that pins are not loading the application on click from the Taskbar. Some users even mentioned at the Feedback Hub and forums app pins disappearing from the Taskbar and problems trying to sign in from the Lock screen with a PIN.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the problem, but it seems it’s aware of the complaints and is investigating. In the meantime, if your computer is experiencing issues with the Taskbar after installing the February update, the most effective way to get around this problem is to uninstall the KB5034765 update and pause the Windows Update service until the company releases a permanent fix.

Uninstall update KB5034765 from Windows 11

To uninstall the update KB5034765 from Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. (Optional) Click the “Pause for 1 week” button.

  4. Click the Update history tab.

    Open Update history

  5. Click the Uninstall updates setting under the “Related settings” section.

    Open Uninstall updates

  6. Click the Uninstall option for the KB5034765 update.

    Uninstall problematic update

  7. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the February 2024 update (KB5034765) will be removed from the computer.

Remove problematic updates from PowerShell

As I was writing these instructions, I noticed that the update couldn’t be removed from Settings. However, I was able to uninstall the update through PowerShell, and here’s how:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to install the PowerShell module to update Windows 11 and press Enter:

    Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate

    Install module PSWindowsUpdate

  4. Type “Y” and “A” to accept and install the module, and press Enter.

  5. Type the following command to view a list of the 20 most recent updates and press Enter:

    Get-WUHistory | Select-Object -First 20

    PowerShell remove problematic updates

    Quick note: If the command doesn’t work, you may need to change the PowerShell execution policy. You can try this command: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned. After changing the execution policy, you should be able to run the commands. After completing the steps, you can make the policy restricted again with the Set-ExecutionPolicy Restricted command.
  6. Type the following command to select and remove the update with PowerShell and press Enter:

    Remove-WindowsUpdate -KBArticleID KBNUMBER

    In the command, replace KB NUMBER with the update number you want to block. This example blocks the KB5034765 update:

    Remove-WindowsUpdate -KBArticleID KB5034765
  7. Type “A” to accept and install the module and press Enter.

After you complete the steps, the device may need to restart to complete the process.

It has been suggested that reinstalling the update can resolve the Taskbar issue with this particular release. You can try this solution by clicking the “Check for updates” button after removing the update. If the problem persists, remove the update again and wait until Microsoft offers a resolution. 

It’s important to note that running the operating system unpatched can make your computer vulnerable, but in some cases, you may need to remove an update to roll back the device to a working state. However, as soon as Microsoft releases a new update, it’s critical to install it.

If you prefer to remove updates with commands, you can always use Command Prompt and PowerShell to complete this task.

On March 1, 2024, Microsoft officially confirmed another installation problem, and it’s working on a permanent solution. According to the company, the update KB5034765 could fail at 96 percent and result in the error message:

  • “Something didn’t go as planned. No need to worry – undoing changes. Please keep your computer on.”

The error message will appear with the 0x800F0922 code in the Event Viewer. Until a permanent solution is released, the company offers a workaround that includes deleting the hidden folder C:\$WinREAgent. After a restart, the February 2024 update should install normally.

You can delete the folder, open File Explorer, enable the option to show hidden files, right-click the “$WinREAgent” folder, and choose the “Delete” option. Or using Command Prompt (admin), type the command rd /s /q "C:\$WinREAgent" and press enter.

Although the company has confirmed the installation problem, it hasn’t confirmed the issues that some users are reporting after the installation.

Are you experiencing any issues with the February 2024 update? Share your experience in the comments.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].