How to Fix Undoing Changes Made to Your Computer in Windows 11?

Windows releases updates regularly to address issues raised by users. However, Windows Update frequently fails for several reasons, one of which is when Windows says it's undoing changes to your computer.

A variety of issues can cause this error. For example, if the Windows Update service terminates while the update is still being installed, Windows may attempt to undo the changes since it cannot complete the installation.

It's also conceivable that your SoftwareDistribution folder is faulty, preventing Windows from correctly applying the updates. Fortunately, resolving the issue isn't difficult, so let's have a look at all of the solutions for Undoing changes made to your computer in Windows 11.

Why is the Windows 11 Update Service Undoing the Changes?

During the Windows Update process, a problem occurred, resulting in the Undoing changes made to this PC notice.

Essentially, the system cannot complete and terminate due to an error. As a result, when the computer restarts, it restores the system before any changes are performed. It was code 0xc1900101 this time, but any Windows Update error might cause the same issue and stop the process in its tracks.

Faulty drivers primarily cause this issue. Still, it can also be caused by various factors, such as system and file corruption, drive failures, or overprotective antivirus programs.

What can I Do If the System Undoes my PC's Changes?

1. Try Booting Into Safe Mode

You may not use Windows properly to install any fixes if you're locked in a boot loop. As a result, boot into Safe Mode before fixing your computer.

Safe Mode can be accessed in several ways. If you cannot boot into Windows, you must use the Windows Recovery Environment.

To enter Windows Recovery Environment, hard reboot your PC two times in a row (don't worry, hard reboots aren't harmful) and head to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart. When your computer restarts, press one of the matching numbers to select one of the advanced boot options. Press 5 to enter Safe Mode with Networking, the best option.

You can start applying the fixes once you've entered Safe Mode.

2. Uninstall Recently Installed Updates

By manually uninstalling updates, you're helping Windows accomplish its goal of removing any updates installed during the last update session. Press Win + R, type appwiz. Cpl and press Enter to delete recently installed updates.

The Programs and Features section of the Control Panel will now appear. From the left, select View installed updates.

To sort updates by the installation date, go to the Install On tab. Then, uninstall all recently installed updates by selecting them and clicking Uninstall.

Restart your PC generally after you've uninstalled all current updates.

3. Remove the SoftwareDistribution folder.

The SoftwareDistribution folder is used to temporarily store installation data by the Windows Update agent (also known as WUAgent) whenever you update Windows. If the folder has become corrupt or prevents Windows from updating correctly, try deleting it and see if that helps.

Look for the SoftwareDistribution folder in the C: Windows folder. To permanently erase it, right-click it and press Shift + Delete. When you restart your computer, Windows will recreate the folder for you.

Stop the Windows Update Service and Background Intelligent Transfer Services if you can't delete the folder. This can be done with the Command Prompt. Ctrl + Shift + Enter after pressing Win + R and typing cmd. Then, one by one, run the following commands (pressing Enter after each one):

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop bits

After you've deactivated these services, try deleting the folder again; you should be able to do so. Then, to see if the fix succeeded, restart your computer normally.

4. Use System Restore

System Restore is essentially a time machine for your computer. It will return your computer to the state it was in when you made a restore point.

However, the most prevalent issue with this procedure is that many people do not have a system restore point. Because Windows doesn't make restore points by default, you won't have one on your system until you set it up to do so or manually create one.

The System Restore wizard can tell you if you have a restore point. Launch the Best Match by searching for Recovery on your Start Menu. From the pop-up box, choose Open System Restore.

The System Restore wizard will now appear on your screen. Then press the Next button. If your system has any restore points, this is where you'll find them. Skip to the following method if you don't have a restore point. Select it and click Next if you had a restore point made before you encountered the undoing changes problem the first time.

Confirm that you want to restore your PC using the restore point on the next screen, and then wait for the process to finish. You'll most likely have resolved the problem once you've finished.

5. Reset Windows

If you're still having problems undoing changes, you might want to try resetting your computer. You can select to erase everything if you want Windows to be in perfect condition, but you can choose to retain your files intact. Whatever option you use, you should always back up your data if something goes wrong.

To open the Settings app, press Win + I and go to system> Recovery. To begin the reset procedure, press the Reset PC button.

As a result of this action, the reset wizard will be invoked. Choose to Keep my files if you wish to keep your files, or Remove everything if you don't. Of course, you'll need to reinstall all apps on your PC in any case.

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