C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download Is it safe to delete?
Posted 05 March 2005 - 08:07 AM
is 569 MB. I am not familiar with how Windows uses stuff from this directory...all I know is that this is where windows updates are kept.
Would it be possible to delete all these files (or most of them) in this directory or does the OS constantly load up files stored here?
Thanks in advance,
Posted 05 March 2005 - 11:22 AM
Posted 06 March 2005 - 08:59 AM
Posted 06 March 2005 - 10:25 AM
soldier1st, on Mar 5 2005, 08:25 PM, said:
Stop being afraid of the System32! It's not as dangerous as everyone thinks! I have gone trhough every file in Windows. There is a lot of junk that can be removed. Do not tell a user what he/she can or cannot delete unless you know exactly what you're talking about.
Posted 06 March 2005 - 10:57 AM
Posted 21 February 2011 - 08:35 AM
AutoUpdates is a 2-step (?) process -
1 - Download to that folder and "expand" to sub-folders the Update file(s)
2 - Install from the sub-folders and store
2a - the Uninstall "backup" (previous files "replaced") info in various $NTUninstallxxx folders
2b - the Hotfix install (for tracking) to $HF_MIG$ folder (ref. here)
Item 1 (contents, not the Folder) are safe to delete
Item(s) 2a, if deleted, will prevent you from uninstalling a given Update
Item(s) 2b, if deleted, may/will cause a cross-module (i.e. erroneous) future install
Not exactly positive about #2a-b and not really sure if the Folder will be recreated (if deleted) but positive about the Contents (safe to delete).
Warning (to be safe)! Best to turn off AutoUpdates first and be sure no Updates are actively installing, delete, then turn updates back on (if you wish).
Note - If your original install is pre-SP3, then another folder(s) is created containing the Service Pack(s) and should also be left alone... kind of becomes "part of the original install".
- ← set control alt delete menu to display task manager
- Windows XP
- Batch file install and uninstall in one →