How to uninstall KB5031455 from Windows 11

If Windows 11 2023 update is causing unwanted problems, you can quickly uninstall it with these instructions.

Windows 11 uninstall KB5030310
Windows 11 uninstall KB5030310

UPDATED 11/4/2023: On Windows 11, after installing the update KB5031455, it’s possible to uninstall it if it’s causing problems as a result of a bug or compatibility issues or if you want to stay on the same version for a little longer.

Since the update that brings the new Copilot and many other features, the new Windows Backup app, AI updates for Paint, Photos, Snipping Tool, and Clipchamp, a redesigned version of File Explorer, and more, is a cumulative update similar to those the system downloads every month, you can uninstall it at any time from the “Windows Update” settings as long as another update supersedes the previous update. 

If there’s a problem with the update and the computer can start normally, you can also use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to remove the update KB5031455 from Windows 11.

These are non-destructive methods, meaning you won’t lose your files, apps, or settings during the process. However, it’s always recommended to have a backup of your files.

This guide will teach you the steps to uninstall the KB5031455 update from Windows 11.

Uninstall Windows 11 KB5031455 from Settings

To uninstall the update KB5031455 for Windows 11 23H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Update history tab.

    Update history setting

  4. Under the “Related settings” section, click the Uninstall updates setting.

    Uninstall update settings

  5. Click the Uninstall button for the update KB5027397 (if applicable).

    Quick note: This is the enablement package that changes the version number to 23H2.
  6. Restart the computer.

  7. Open the Uninstall updates settings page again.

  8. Click the Uninstall option for the “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB5031455)” update.

After you complete the steps, the system will remove the update, uninstalling Copilot and all the other new features announced for version 23H2.

You can refer to this guide for additional methods on how to uninstall updates on Windows 11, such as using PowerShell, Command Prompt, Safe Mode, and more.

Uninstall Windows 11 KB5031455 from WinRE

To uninstall the October update KB5031455 from WinRe when the device doesn’t start correctly, use these steps:

  1. Press the power button.

  2. Immediately after the Power-On Self-Test (POST), and you see the blue Windows logo, press the power button again to interrupt the booting process and shut down the computer.

  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 twice. (Windows 11 should enter into the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) in the third restart.)

    Preparing automatic repair

  4. Click the Advanced options button.

    Advanced options

  5. Click on Troubleshoot.

    Troubleshoot option

  6. Click on Advanced options.

    Troubleshoot Advanced options

  7. Click on Uninstall Updates.

    Uninstall updates

  8. Click the “Uninstall latest quality update” option.

    Uninstall quality update on Windows 11

  9. Sign in using your administrator credentials (if applicable).

  10. Click the “Uninstall quality update” button to remove the update KB5031455.

    Remove Windows 11 restore 10

Once you complete the steps, the device will uninstall the Windows 11 2023 update, and it will roll back to the previous version.

Update November 4, 2023: This guide has been updated to reflect new changes for the available updates.

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 15 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 21 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 Email him at [email protected].