How Can I Force Uninstall Update KB3140741?


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When I built this computer last year it originally had Windows 8.1 64-bit. From the beginning there were problems with my 3 monitor setup. The one on the DVI connection would always say "No Signal Detected!" and Windows would absolutely refuse to acknowledge it was there. Unless that is I disabled/enabled the Intel 4400 driver. Then all 3 monitors would work perfectly until the next time the computer slept or was turned off.

I tried 3 or 4 times to upgrade to Windows 10 but the problem was magnified to the point that resetting the driver would blow up all 3 monitors. So I'd end up rolling back to Windows 8.1 again. Until one day I restarted Windows 8.1 and the monitor stayed on. I restarted a few times to be sure but it seemed clear the issue was fixed. By (I assume) a Windows update. So I happily upgraded to Windows 10. That was about 3 months ago.

Flash forward to this morning. My computer was on all night and it installed KB3140741. All of a sudden the 3rd monitor is dark :mad: Restarting has no effect. Neither does resetting the driver. When I realized an update had been installed I tried to uninstall it but there's no option. I tried rebooting in Safe Mode but still can't do it. From what I can tell this is one of Microsoft's "important" updates that they couldn't possibly let the great unwashed masses fool around with.

I hadn't yet enabled System Restore before this time, so I appear to be hosed. I posted a question on Microsoft's community but I don't know when or if they'll bother responding. There's got to be some other way to remove this update. Anyone know a way?
 
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Yes right click Start
Scroll to Program and Features
View installed Updates
Once loaded
Click uninstall an update
Just follow instructions
You should then be able to get it off
You might have to do a restart
 

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when you highlight it
If nothing comes up then it looks like it cant be uninstalled and is needed
 
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There's no uninstall button. "Needed" is a relative thing. The computer worked just fine yesterday and now it's broken. Thanks for trying, but there must be some other way to get rid of this update.
 
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nope its not needed lol Its a NEEDED update to ensure you cant uninstall it. Try restoring to an earlier date prior to the issue and that should remove it. Good luck
 
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I found this thread, and I too all of a sudden have issues with programs that were working fine two days ago, and now after the KB3140741 update 3/22 ... First I would like to express what I think about Microsoft Windows 10 Programmers, but it would probably get me booted off this forum ... other than they are morons ...

The update does not have an option to uninstall, yet the system was working fine before it .. unfortunately for me, I thought I had turned off the update service, was not going to have to worry about these morons, until I am sure their incompetence didn't break other programs, like it did the LPT port initially ...

Is there any other way to uninstall an update that does not have an uninstall link without doing a complete system restore ?
 
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I second that sentiment. Windows used to be the technician's alternative to a Mac. But over the last few years Windows has gotten dumber and less functional. Culminating in the holy grail of all business models: A product that can't be fixed except by the manufacturer.

If I have to reinstall Windows to fix this I'm going to be really pissed off.
 
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I had fortunately turned on system restore before so I had a restore point, and when the update was done it fortunately had an automatic restore point to go back to ... I restored but I am not 100% sure it actually did ... the update on 3/22 just updated the existing KB3140741 from what I have read, so the date on the one that is still there now is today's date ... I did check the program I was having issues with since te 3/22 update, and it was fine for about 10 minutes and the same issues occurred ... I have disabled the Windows Update Service, but when I restored it was running again ... I may have to do a restore again, but this time unplug the network cable, so I don't have any internet ... then it certainly can't update itself.... I am sure glad none of the programmers are sitting here in my office ... I would be going to prison soon !
 
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Hi AEEII Sorry you are having to deal with these issues BUT you should take great comfort in that we( the whole world) are suffering with you. Microsoft have decided to control what we do with our computers in that you CANNOT switch off updates.. only delay them and even then there seems to be an override in the system that FORCES THE UPGRADE onto your computer. On the update solution above supplied by Microsoft... :p remember " An authorized MICROSOFT WIN10 UPGRADE CAUSED THIS ISSUE on your computer" and this solution simply DOES NOT work or indeed do anything at all. The only solution is to ditch this OS and look at a reliable alternative eg APPLE because anything is better than this pile of junk that is not FIT FOR PURPOSE.
 

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Hi AEEII Sorry you are having to deal with these issues BUT you should take great comfort in that we( the whole world) are suffering with you. Microsoft have decided to control what we do with our computers in that you CANNOT switch off updates.. only delay them and even then there seems to be an override in the system that FORCES THE UPGRADE onto your computer. On the update solution above supplied by Microsoft... :p remember " An authorized MICROSOFT WIN10 UPGRADE CAUSED THIS ISSUE on your computer" and this solution simply DOES NOT work or indeed do anything at all. The only solution is to ditch this OS and look at a reliable alternative eg APPLE because anything is better than this pile of junk that is not FIT FOR PURPOSE.
Apple are even worse so why tell poster to go to them
My friends have Apple at mo but are switching to other OS as soon as they can as they keep updating and crashing their iphones, ipads, and macs
Also that update is replacing another update that was for some causing a load of problems
 
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I know it is not much help in hindsight, but this (and other "forced updates") in Win10 is both understandable when MSFT is trying to go to a subscription model but also stupid because they just can't test every setup - and they have had a somewhat bad history of trying. In fact, this upgrade replaces an earlier "troubled" upgrade... if at first you don't succeed - and you're MSFT -- you might not succeed on the 2nd try either :) !

Having said that,

first: under advanced options you might be able to check "defer upgrades" (I think you need more than the "Home" version of Win10). I deferred the earlier upgrade (hope MSFT will not "force" the earlier version on me since it knows its buggy and has replaced it with this one).

second: if you have any experience with computers, NOT having system restore is dumb (sorry).

third: adding a second hard drive is inexpensive. Heck, a 16-32GB flash drive ("memory stick") is less than $20 ($12 at my Walmart). I am a HUGE fan of AOMEI "backupper" (they're Chinese so their English "not so good", but they respond to e-mails quickly). My latest backup is just 9GB, easy for a flash drive. AOMEI has a free version that works great, and I'm a real cheapee, BUT I STILL bought the professional version. With any backup software, I've always been anxious when hitting that "restore" button, worrying that it will screw up. With AOMEI, I do it several times a year - ESPECIALLY NOW with WIN 10 and buggy forced-updates! I have no worries anymore as a very satisfied AOMEI customer.

I understand MSFT even has relatively decent backup software - it now has a built-in "PE boot" option (?), I just can't come around to using MSFT backup software to fix what I know is MSFT-caused buggy updates, and I bought a "for-life" AOMEI license (cheaply) and when I moved to my new Win10 computer, they responded to by "move/reset license" e-mail withing a couple of days - DURING a Chinese holiday period!
 
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I know it is not much help in hindsight, but this (and other "forced updates") in Win10 is both understandable when MSFT is trying to go to a subscription model but also stupid because they just can't test every setup - and they have had a somewhat bad history of trying. In fact, this upgrade replaces an earlier "troubled" upgrade... if at first you don't succeed - and you're MSFT -- you might not succeed on the 2nd try either :) !

Having said that,

first: under advanced options you might be able to check "defer upgrades" (I think you need more than the "Home" version of Win10). I deferred the earlier upgrade (hope MSFT will not "force" the earlier version on me since it knows its buggy and has replaced it with this one).

second: if you have any experience with computers, NOT having system restore is dumb (sorry).

third: adding a second hard drive is inexpensive. Heck, a 16-32GB flash drive ("memory stick") is less than $20 ($12 at my Walmart). I am a HUGE fan of AOMEI "backupper" (they're Chinese so their English "not so good", but they respond to e-mails quickly). My latest backup is just 9GB, easy for a flash drive. AOMEI has a free version that works great, and I'm a real cheapee, BUT I STILL bought the professional version. With any backup software, I've always been anxious when hitting that "restore" button, worrying that it will screw up. With AOMEI, I do it several times a year - ESPECIALLY NOW with WIN 10 and buggy forced-updates! I have no worries anymore as a very satisfied AOMEI customer.

I understand MSFT even has relatively decent backup software - it now has a built-in "PE boot" option (?), I just can't come around to using MSFT backup software to fix what I know is MSFT-caused buggy updates, and I bought a "for-life" AOMEI license (cheaply) and when I moved to my new Win10 computer, they responded to by "move/reset license" e-mail withing a couple of days - DURING a Chinese holiday period!
I didn't bother with System Restore because this is a "clean" computer. Nothing on here that doesn't need to be on here. No games, no porn, no nothing. And if I did somehow install something that caused an issue, I had full confidence in my ability to fix the problem.

I didn't anticipate that Windows itself would turn against me and lock me out of solving the problem. This is not how these things are supposed to work.
 
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I didn't bother with System Restore because this is a "clean" computer. Nothing on here that doesn't need to be on here. No games, no porn, no nothing. And if I did somehow install something that caused an issue, I had full confidence in my ability to fix the problem.

I didn't anticipate that Windows itself would turn against me and lock me out of solving the problem. This is not how these things are supposed to work.
I've worked with PCs from the Trash80 days onward, before Windows had numbers or even existed. Windows has ALWAYS been the biggest issue, unless you're really dumb with unsolicited e-mails.
 
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I'm currently stuck in safe mode and I believe its because of this update. Can't find a system restore point, I'm being stubborn and do not want to do a clean install. Any suggestions on how to fix this issue?
 
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I'm currently stuck in safe mode and I believe its because of this update. Can't find a system restore point, I'm being stubborn and do not want to do a clean install. Any suggestions on how to fix this issue?
Can't uninstall the update but depending how long you've had 10, maybe you can go back to the previous build.
 
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I've worked with PCs from the Trash80 days onward, before Windows had numbers or even existed. Windows has ALWAYS been the biggest issue, unless you're really dumb with unsolicited e-mails.
Been using Windows since 3.11. Dumped updates on it like they were a bucket of Skittles. Encountered rare problems and never did I encounter an update that was DESIGNED to not let me uninstall it.
 

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