Quote: Originally Posted by Saurabh A
1. Clean up the bloated 'Software Distribution folder': Software Distribution folder contains 'Windows Update installation files' and if corrupt, may cause repeated issues; this folder can be deleted/renamed using 'Windows Explorer'. You may want to backup the folder on an external media. Deleting the Software Distribution folders will not affect your computer’s functionality. When new 'Windows Updates' are ready for download, a new 'Software Distribution folder' will be created.
- Stop the 'Windows Automatic Updates service'
- Delete the 'Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder' (You may also choose to rename the existing folder 'SoftwareDistribution_old' so that Windows creates a new folder)
- Restart the 'Automatic Updates service'
You may want to use the following commands in an 'elevated command prompt' to perform the above mentioned tasks:
To launch an 'elevated command prompt' click 'Start' > type 'cmd' (without quotations) in the 'Search programs & files textbox > right click 'cmd' (it shows up in search results) > Click 'Run as an administrator' > Click 'Yes/continue' if prompted
(To stop the Windows Automatic Update service): net stop wuauserv (Tap Enter key)
(To delete Software Distribution Folder): del c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution /q /s (Tap Enter key)
(To restart Windows Automatic Update Service): net start wuauserv (Tap Enter key)
I'm sorry, but this couldn't be more wrong. Unless in extenuating circumstances, where corruptions have been properly identified, the SoftwareDistribution folder should never be touched. It is all completely managed be the Windows Update agent and requires no user input.
Deleting the SoftwareDistribution folder will delete the entire history of Windows Updates that have been installed on the system, not to mention leaving you with a blank Windows Features list. It will also take a lot longer to search for updates in the next run as the list of installed updates and hotfixes has to be re-cached.
Silverfox, I would highly recommend against you following these instructions for the reasons above. Instead, can you post the information asked for here please? Windows Update Posting Instructions
This way we can fix this properly rather than with horrific quick fixes.