You might be facing the error “undoing changes made to your computer” on Windows 10 or Windows while/after installing an update. Don’t worry this is an issue that many Windows users face. Here in this article, I will tell you the easy fixes for Windows 10 or Windows 11 undoing changes.
What Are The Reasons Behind The Error Undoing Changes Made To Your Computer
- The Windows update you are installing is a corrupted one.
- Data in your software distribution folder is corrupted.
- Your System Files are corrupted.
- You Don’t have enough storage.
- The internet connection is not stable.
- Your antivirus program creates some problems.
Fixes for Undoing Changes Made To Your Computer
- Clear Disk Space
- Install Windows Update Manually
- Start The App Readiness Service
- Check Your Antivirus
- Rename The Software Distribution Folder
- Run SFC and DISM Scan
- Use System Restore
- Try to Boot In Safe Mode
- Block the Automatic Updates
- Reset Your PC
1. Clear Disk Space
It is possible that you are out of disk storage so the Windows update does not have space to install. So, my first and foremost suggestion is to check your disk space, and if it is full then clear it out.
I suggest you start with duplicate files and then the temporary and junk files. If you can not decide which file to delete then just go to your recycle bin and clear it.
Make sure that when you delete any kind of file, also delete it from the recycle bin to make space on your C Drive.
If you don’t want to delete anything then you can change the drive location to install the update. Make sure that the drive location you choose has some space.
2. Install Windows Update Manually
Windows 10 or Windows 11 could be undoing changes made to your computer in the automatic update only. You can try downloading the updates manually to fix the problem.
How to manually download and install the latest updates on Windows-
Step 1: Click Windows+I at once to open the settings menu.
Step 2: Here click on “Update & Security”
Step 3: Now click on “Windows Update” and you will see a button “Check for updates”. You need to click on this.
Now if there is an update you can download and install it.
3. Start The Readiness Service
In order to get any app ready to start for the first time it requires the App Readiness Service.
So, you need to enable and start the Readiness Service on Windows to fix the undoing changes made to your computer problem.
How to enable and start the readiness service:
Step 1: Go to the search menu and type “services”. Here open the first result.
Step 2: After this, the services window will open. Here you need to find the “App Readiness” service and double-click on it.
Step 3: Now in the startup type choose “Manual” and in the service status section click “Start”.
That’s it you have started the app readiness service now you can install the update. If this trick does not fix your problem come back and read the next point to fix the undoing changes made to your computer error.
4. Check Your Antivirus
Windows have a built-in antivirus program called Windows defender antivirus program. You need to disable it temporarily to install the update successfully.
How to disable Windows defender:
Step 1: Go to the search menu and type “Windows Security”. Now double-click on the first result.
Step 2: Here you will find an option “Virus & Threat Protection”, double-click on it.
Step 3: Now under Virus & Threat Protection Settings click on “Manage Settings”.
Step 4: Now a new window will open, here find the real-time protection. The button is “ON” click on it and a pop-up will appear for confirmation. Click “Yes” on that pop-up.
This is how you can disable the Windows Defender antivirus. If you have installed any other third-party antivirus service then you need to disable it. If you don’t know the settings to disable the program you can just uninstall it temporarily.
After disabling your antivirus programs try to install the updates, this time you should not see the error of undoing changes made to your computer.
5. Clean or Rename The SoftwareDistribution Folder
The software distribution folder temporarily stores the files that are required to install the updates on Windows 10 or Windows 11. You can rename this folder to fix the undoing changes issue on your Windows 10 and Windows 11 computers.
To reach the software distribution folder go to the “C” drive and double-click on the folder “Windows”. Here you will find a folder named “SoftwareDistribution”. Single-click on this folder and then click the “F2” key on your keyboard. Now type any name (except softwaredistribution) and the folder name will be changed.
After changing the folder name you should be able to install the updates without seeing the undoing changes made to your computer error. If you still see the problem just delete the contents in the Software Distribution folder and restart your PC.
After this try to install the updates.
6. Run SFC Scan
How To Run SFC Scan-
Step 1: Go to the search bar and type “cmd” and open the command prompt.
Step 2: Here type SFC /scannow and click Enter.
Step 3: Now the SFC scan will start and repair the files on your computer.
Once the process is completed reboot your PC.
Now if your problems are fixed you can head to install the updates and you won’t see the undoing changes made to your computer error.
7. Use System Restore
The System Restore is an amazing function in Windows systems. Using this feature you take your PC back to the state when things were working fine.
So, if you have installed some kind of app or made some vital changes to your computer then it might cause the issue of undoing changes.
Using this feature you can take back the computer to a state where things were working fine on your computer.
I have written a complete article on how to use the system restore point on Windows 10 that you can refer to here-
The process is the same for Windows 11 computers.
8. Try to Boot In Safe Mode
You can fix the “Undoing changes made to your computer” error with the help of Safe Mode. To enter the safe mode restart your PC then press and hold the shift+F8 button when the system restarts.
After this follow these steps-
Click Options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Enable Safe Mode.
This way you will be entered into the safe mode.
Now follow these steps-
Step 1: Now go to the Windows search and type “View update history” and open the first result.
Step 2: After this find “Uninstall updates”. And this will take you to a new page.
Step 3: Here click on the recent update and click on the “Uninstall” option in the gray bar.
This way the latest update will be uninstalled and you will be free from the problem.
9. Block Automatic Updates
This problem may occur because your computer is updating by itself. If you are happy with your current Windows version then you can stop it from updating to the new version.
You can easily block automatic updates on Windows 10, just follow these steps-
Step 1: Press the Windows+I button to open Settings.
Step 2: Now click on Update & Security.
Step 3: From the left panel go to the Windows Update section.
Step 4: Here choose the “Pause updates for 7 days” option.
That’s it, you have stopped the automatic updates.
10. Reset Your PC
Resetting the PC is the last resort for you. If nothing of the above-mentioned tricks work for you (Which is very unlikely) you can try resetting your PC to fix your issue.
Note: The reset process allows you to keep your files, but you will lose all installed programs, so make sure you still have the software to restore them.
How To Reset Your PC-
Step 1: Click Windows+I to open the settings menu.
Step 2: Here click on the update and security.
Step 3: Now from the left panel choose “Recovery”.
Now you will see the option “Reset this PC” and a get started button below this.
Click on this button and in the next instructions select “Keep my files”. After this follow the on-screen instructions and reset your PC.
These are the best ways to fix the undoing changes made to your computer error on Windows 10 and Windows 11. I hope that this article helped you to fix your problem.
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Priyanka Sharma is a technical content writer at SoftAppWorld. Her keen interest is in testing different kinds of software and writing reviews about them. Her goal is to help people with software reviews and how-to guides. In her free time, she likes to create different kinds of sketches and designs. You can find her on LinkedIn