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Windows 7: moving Windows update folder to different drive - junction

19 Aug 2015   #1
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 
moving Windows update folder to different drive - junction

win7 pro is installed on C drive with limited space becuase its on a SSD 120gb. I want to move the windows update folder software distro to the F drive that i have with plenty of space then create a junction. i found a how to but some parts of it dont work or dont allow me to change some things. is there another way to do this? try conservere space. can windows updates be deleted instead if not would be nice if i could have windows updates write to another drive.



when i run a junction command it says junciton not recognized as a command, also when i run this command:


rename C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.del it says access denied im an administrator and ran cmd as admin


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19 Aug 2015   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scripttron75 View Post
...can windows updates be deleted instead....
Stop the Windows Update service (wuauserv)....
...then delete SoftwareDistribution.

The next scan for updates will take a while.
View update history will be empty, but View installed updates is still available.
Any hidden updates will be unhidden.

More info can be found here:
Windows Update - Reset
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19 Aug 2015   #3
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

how do i point windows downloads to the new drive?
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19 Aug 2015   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scripttron75 View Post
how do i point windows downloads to the new drive?
I have never done that.

Perhaps other forum members can help you with that.
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19 Aug 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I personally just leave the update where Windows 7 put them, which is on the (C) partition. Windows 7 likes them there so Windows 7 is happy which makes me happy.

If one is running out of space then just clean out the junk or get a bigger SSD.

I'm thinking if one moves Windows 7 Updates off the the Windows 7 partition. The next time one runs check for updates none will be found and then you will get a whole new batch of Updates.

I don't know for sure because I leave the updates alone.
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