3 Best Ways to Uninstall WSUS Admin Console

Prajwal Desai
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Uninstall WSUS Admin Console

In this tutorial, we will demonstrate multiple methods to uninstall WSUS admin console. You can remove the WSUS console from Windows Server or Windows 11 using multiple methods, such as PowerShell, Server Manager, or via optional features.

When you install WSUS role on Windows Server, the WSUS console is installed along with other components. You can manage the WSUS server by installing the WSUS admin console on a different computer, such as Windows Server or Windows 10/11.

According to Microsoft, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables information technology administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates. You can use WSUS to fully manage the distribution of updates that are released through Microsoft Update to computers on your network.

If you have installed the WSUS console on your member server or business laptop, you can uninstall it if it’s not required any more. If your organization has decommissioned the WSUS server, the final step in the process is to remove the WSUS console.

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Ways to remove WSUS administration console

This article covers the following methods to completely remove the WSUS console:

  1. Remove WSUS admin console via Server Manager
  2. Use PowerShell to uninstall the WSUS console
  3. On Windows 11, remove WSUS administration console via optional features

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager

On Windows Server, the server manager is a console with which you can remove roles. To uninstall the WSUS admin console on Windows Server, click Start and launch the Server Manager. On the Server Selection window, ensure the server name and IP address are correct and click Next.

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager
Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager

On the Remove Server Roles window, you don’t need to select anything. Click Next.

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager
Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager

On the Remove Features window, uncheck the Windows Server Update Services tools. This should also deselect API and PowerShell cmdlets and the User Interface Management console. Click Next.

Uninstall WSUS Console using Server Manager
Uninstall WSUS Console using Server Manager

On the Confirm Removal Selections window, click Next. The WSUS console uninstallation begins on the server now.

Uninstall WSUS Administration Console using Server Manager
Uninstall WSUS Administration Console using Server Manager

The message “Feature Removal succeeded” confirms the WSUS admin console has been uninstalled from the server. Click Close. You don’t have to restart your server after you uninstall the WSUS console.

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager
Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Server Manager

Uninstall WSUS Console using PowerShell

  • Launch the PowerShell as an administrator.
  • Run the command UnInstall-WindowsFeature -Name UpdateServices-Ui to uninstall the WSUS console.
  • Exit code success means the WSUS console has been uninstalled successfully.
Uninstall WSUS Console using PowerShell
Uninstall WSUS Console using PowerShell

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Optional Features

On Windows 11, you can remove the WSUS admin console from optional features. The below procedure works only on Windows 10/11 devices.

Step 1: Close the WSUS administration console.

Step 2: Click Start and launch the Settings app. Navigate to System > Optional Features. Under Installed Features, type “Windows Server Update Services” in the search box. Select the RSAT: Windows Server Update Services Tools feature and click on Uninstall.

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Optional Features
Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Optional Features

Step 3: The Windows administration console is now uninstalled from your Windows 11 PC.

Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Optional Features
Uninstall WSUS Admin Console using Optional Features
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Prajwal Desai is a Microsoft MVP in Intune and SCCM. He writes articles on SCCM, Intune, Windows 365, Windows Server, Windows 11, WordPress and other topics, with the goal of providing people with useful information.
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