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Windows 7: Strange new folder

12 Jun 2012   #1

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1
Strange new folder

I went into my C:\Windows folder to check something & I realized I have this new folder named SoftwareDistribution that was created on 6/1/12.

This is a refurbished hard drive & was clean before I 1st installed 7 on it, which was 6/2/12. So how can I have a folder w/a creation date of 6/1/12?

I have scanned this folder & no viruses/PUP's were found. In it are various other folders (attached pic) also. Anyone able to give me some help w/this?

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12 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

I wouldn't worry about it. It's related to AutoUpdate. The only update I allow on my Windows7 machine is Silver Light. And I have a SoftwareDistribution folder. If you want you can go into Control Panel => Windows Update and turn auto updates off.
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13 Jun 2012   #3

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1

Just double-checked & mine has always been set to: Never check for updates (not recommended.) I check my updates manually.
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13 Jun 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1

I'm not sure about the date you're worried about but the folder is for update history. We all have the software distribution folder.
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15 Jun 2012   #5

7 Pro. 64Bit w/SP1

Thanks for the replies, just wondering where this folder came from to begin with. I'll leave it alone. Thank you for the help.
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