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Windows 7: Downloaded uninstalled updates

09 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
Downloaded uninstalled updates

Where does Windows 7 store the downloaded but not installed updates? I inadvertently downloaded an update which was for the latest Microsoft Security Essentials. I hadn't previously installed any of this suite, and I don't need any of the programs at this time. If I can locate the update file, can I just delete it without consequences? I may want to install parts of it sometime in the future.
Thank you!

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09 Feb 2011   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

Bring up updates
In left panel view hidden updates. Those are the ones that are downloaded but not installed.
If you want to install, just unhide
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09 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

The folder C:\windows\software distribution\download acts as a temporary placeholder for downloaded updates. Just navigate to that folder and go through its contents, delete what you want.
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