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Windows 7: Can I get some info on this?


07 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Can I get some info on this?

Hello guys, Did anyone notice that some of the files after a windows update in windows 7 is installed on the last drive of your computer? For example if you have drives: C, D, and E. Some of the files after the windows update will get installed in E and if you have a External Hard Disk then it will install them on the External Hard disk drive. Can you change that and make them to install those files on C drive or any other drive except for the external Hard Disk?

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07 Sep 2013   #2

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Hi dxbladexd, welcome to 7F!

I have but, one HDD, so I can't relate to your situation, but it sounds to me like you have Windows 7 on your C: drive or partition.

Two items come to mind,
  • That C: drive or partition isn't active or the primary drive when your installing those updates.
  • You may have to perform a Windows Update Reset.
Can you post a screenshot of your: Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
And you may need this for later: Windows Update - Reset
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07 Sep 2013   #3

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08 Sep 2013   #4

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It's perfectly normal behaviour for Windows Update to do this As far as I know, there isn't a way to change this so I'm afraid it's just something you're going to have to put up with.
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08 Sep 2013   #5

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WU tends to look for the drive with the largest amount of free space to use as a temporary storage area - nothing new in that (I think it started in XP?)
Dunno if that behaviour can be changed
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08 Sep 2013   #6
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Can we see a screenshot of the files in question?

Pleease also use the method shown in the blue link tutorial to capture and post the screenshots, which is why we bothered to write the tutorial and post it for you.
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09 Sep 2013   #7

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Thank you fellows for your interesting replies.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tom982 View Post
It's perfectly normal behaviour for Windows Update to do this As far as I know, there isn't a way to change this so I'm afraid it's just something you're going to have to put up with.
Tom, considering Noel's reply and hypothetically speaking because dxbladexd (dxb) C: drive looks to be the smallest, would it help if dxb moved some Folder/Files to another drive to increase the available space on the C: drive or in dxb's case, change the size of the partitions so that C: is the largest drive?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
WU tends to look for the drive with the largest amount of free space to use as a temporary storage area - nothing new in that (I think it started in XP?)
Dunno if that behaviour can be changed
Temporary Noel? If dxb deleted those files on the other drives would the Updates remain installed in the core of the operating system?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Can we see a screenshot of the files in question?

Pleease also use the method shown in the blue link tutorial to capture and post the screenshots, which is why we bothered to write the tutorial and post it for you.
Greg, does an Update create a difference in how it is installed?
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09 Sep 2013   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Thank you fellows for your interesting replies.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tom982 View Post
It's perfectly normal behaviour for Windows Update to do this As far as I know, there isn't a way to change this so I'm afraid it's just something you're going to have to put up with.
Tom, considering Noel's reply and hypothetically speaking because dxbladexd (dxb) C: drive looks to be the smallest, would it help if dxb moved some Folder/Files to another drive to increase the available space on the C: drive or in dxb's case, change the size of the partitions so that C: is the largest drive?
I'm not 100% sure that's the case My primary HDD is 2TB, of which 1TB is free, but my other HDD is 500GB with about 100GB free and that frequently has Windows Update files dumped on it, when it's has the smallest free disk space, both physically and proportionately.
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12 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Well what if I cut the files that got saved on my external or portable hard disk and save it to the last drive for example Drive E? Will that work?

The files which are in blue are the ones in question.


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12 Sep 2013   #10

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Those two folders look fine to delete. They are just temp folders. Not the updates themselves.

But you can play it safe...
...create a folder named delete-me
...move those folders in there
...use your computer for a week or two
If everything works as desired, then delete the folder named delete-me.

You might have trouble moving the top one. You might have to take ownership of it.

Or you could just leave the folders alone.
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