How to change windows 10 updates download location

I want to upgrade my windows 10 to a newer build but I haven't enough space on my system drive at all. and I know windows update files downloaded at this location : c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution

so I tried symlink methods  to change this location for saving my drive space and able to upgrade my windows to the better version but in this method I must stop update services for temp and for final step I must restart update service so I must use this code in cmd :

 

net stop wuauserv

but this code not works... so I cant rename this folder and I cant symlink this folder in another drive ...

so I posted this question for advise

thanks and regards

 

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Last updated December 14, 2019 Views 70,309 Applies to:
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well I've fixed it my self :
1: create a target directory

for example :

D:\other\desired\location

2:Ctrl+alt+delete>taskmanager>services>(right click on) wuauserv (then choose stop)

3:rename c:\windows\softwaredistribution 

this folder to softwaredistribution.old

4:Run cmd as administrator and type this command then hit enter

mklink /j c:\windows\softwaredistribution d:\other\desired\location

("d:\other\desired\location" u can type another location that existed on your hard drive or you can create in step 1 )

5:type this command on Cmd and then hit enter

net start wuauserv

Or you can manually start service like step 2 !

6: if everything was ok

you can move softwaredistribution.old  files in new  directory in the new drive or ..

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