KB2884256 not having uninstall option RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

    I am trying uninstall windows patches from recovery x:\ prompt on a windows 2008 r2 server. I was able to uninstall most patches with dism command.  I am not able to remove kb2884256 as it errors out.  When i looked in another good computer i noticed that this patch does not have an uninstall option.

    In the  MS13-081 - page under uninstall info for windows 2008 it is mentioned that KB2884256 cannot be uninstalled. But also some forums say that this patch may cause bluescreen. So i want to get this off. 

    Can anybody tell me is there a way to uninstall this patch from  registry or any other method. I am not able to boot because of bluescreen and options like system restore, bootrec, sfc/scannow have all failed.  Startup repair said " a patch is preventing system from starting"  that is why i am uninstalling patches.  

    I hope in future microsoft will improve startup repair to tell us which patch..  :)


    Thanks in advance



    • Edited by VijayKPV Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:26 AM
    Saturday, June 21, 2014 10:36 AM


  • Hi,

    This KB is a part of pinned update which cannot be uninstalled, may we can back up the current system then try the following steps.

    First, download the Windows6.0-KB2884256-x64.msu file from:


    to the C:\Temp folder.

    1.  Click Start type command prompt in the Start Search box, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

    2.  At the command prompt, type the following command:

                            expand c:\temp\Windows6.0-KB2884256-x64.msu –F: Windows6.0-KB2884256-x64.xml c:\temp

    3.  Use a text editor to open the .xml file that you extracted in step 2. For example, use Notepad.

    4. In the .xml file, change the <package action="install"> tag to <package action="remove">, and then save the file.

    5. At the command prompt, type the following command:

                            start /w pkgmgr /n:c:\temp\Windows6.0-KB2884256-x64.xml

    6. Reboot the server for the changes to take affect

    Hope this helps.

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    • Edited by Alex Lv Friday, July 4, 2014 6:57 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Lv Friday, July 4, 2014 6:57 AM
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:54 AM