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Windows 7: Is the deleting safe?

16 Feb 2015   #1
barsim

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Is the deleting safe?

Hello,
C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution/Downloads -- is it SAFE to delete? Is the folder content connected to Win Update?
Thanks


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16 Feb 2015   #2
ShoTTaS

Windows 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

It's where windows update downloads and backups are stored.

if they have all been installed
and your computer is running in a stable condition,
it is safe to delete everything in that folder.
But DO NOT delete the folder it'self,

if you do clean out that folder then also navigate to.
C > Windows > SoftwareDistribution > DataStore.

delete everything in the DataStore folder BUT DO NOT DELETE THE LOGS FOLDER.
open the Logs folder and delete everything in there.

You will have to shut down windows updates then restart the computer,
so you can delete everything.
turning windows updates back on after.
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18 Feb 2015   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Why do you want to delete it? It doesn't take up a lot of room?

On win Win 7 Pro X64 system which was last installed in 2009 the SoftwareDistribution folder takes up 551MB, not worth messing with.
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12 Oct 2015   #4
autolycus

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ShoTTaS View Post
It's where windows update downloads and backups are stored.

if they have all been installed
and your computer is running in a stable condition,
it is safe to delete everything in that folder.
But DO NOT delete the folder it'self,

if you do clean out that folder then also navigate to.
C > Windows > SoftwareDistribution > DataStore.

delete everything in the DataStore folder BUT DO NOT DELETE THE LOGS FOLDER.
open the Logs folder and delete everything in there.

You will have to shut down windows updates then restart the computer,
so you can delete everything.
turning windows updates back on after.
I have updates turned off, but if i try to delete the file i get "the action can't be completed because the file is open in background intelligent file service". Can i just stop it in task manager and proceed?
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12 Oct 2015   #5
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You can stop that service and proceed.

You might also want to look at this tutorial:
Windows Update - Reset
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