Windows update temp files
Posted 10 July 2004 - 03:52 AM
Windows update create temp files on the hard disc under a hashed directory name and puts there a file called update.exe which updates the system.
I have two problems:
1. These temporary folders are created in a hard disk that i need for some special purposes, I want them to be created on my c: (boot) drive. How can I do that?
2. I can't delete the old folders that were created, I get an "access denied" for the update.exe.
I'm using WinXP Pro, and I'm the admin of the pc.
Posted 12 July 2004 - 03:37 AM
windows update will always download updates and put in the supplied folder
because the commands that run the update.exe specify that the update.exe must be run from that folder.
To do what you want with windows xp you should download the network installation
of service pack1, and then 2 when it comes out soon.
There is also an xp rollup which is an accumulation of all critical updates
since the last service pack.
1. download and install sp1 network install, you may need to use the -x
to extract if you are determined not to have the update folders on that drive.
If you use the -x to extract the files from the download you will need to specify a
destination for the extracted files.
Then go to start > run> and type the path to the extracted update.exe and use
the /s switch to slip the files into the chosen destination, which should be the
2. Then download the windows rollup
Do exactly ther same thing with this. as you did for the service pack 1.
You now have a fully updated partition without any windows update folders
and without installing windows update software.
Sadly though, this does not delete the update folders already there.
I have not checked but you might want to look the name of the folder up
in the registry and delete it there.
This might allow you to delete the folder in windows afterwards but this is just a guess.
Posted 12 July 2004 - 04:30 AM
Posted 12 July 2004 - 06:05 AM
Curv Boll: thanks for your comment, but you are suggesting that I will manually download the updates...which I don't want to.
Posted 28 December 2004 - 10:51 AM
I want to change the configuration of the windows update file cause I wanna create a automatically download from a central server. The propouse of this is cause I dont wanna do it from the microsoft web page, I wanna download all the patches on the this server and then downlod those on all the computers in the LAN.
I'll be so happy if someone could help me in any way ! ! ! !
Thanx a lot !