On occasion, it might be necessary to uninstall a recently applied patch due to unexpected system instability or application errors following patch installation. A feature that is currently only available for Windows-based devices, Automox patch rollbacks is an excellent way to "undo" the installation of unstable or undesired patches.
Removing a Patch Using the Automox Console
To rollback an installed patch in the Automox console, first navigate to the target device's Device Details page and scroll down to the Software section. When you locate the patch you would like to roll back, select on the Actions dropdown menu and click Rollback.
Upon confirmation, this will initiate a removal of the selected software package and a subsequent device reboot. Keep in mind that this is an inherently risky process that can cause operating system or application failures, so it is highly recommended to test rollbacks prior to applying them to critical systems.
It is important to note that not all patches can be rolled back. In order to be flagged as uninstallable, a patch must meet the following criteria:
- The target device's operating system must be Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7 or newer
- The applied patch must have an associated Knowledge Base article identifier
- The applied patch must have been installed with Windows Update, Microsoft Update, or Windows Server Update Services
- The package must be specifically marked as uninstallable
For more information, please read Microsoft's Uninstallable Patches documentation.