Is it safe to delete files Under C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download
My C drive is full and I have gone through the cleanup process several times. I noticed that every day files get added to the C-Drive under C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download. Can I safely delete these files? They add up to 100 to 200 MB a day.
Before your rename the folder you must stop the service. Here is how:
type cmd and press enter
type net stop wuauserv and press enter
type rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.oldand press enter
type net start wuauserv and press enter
type exit and press enter
Verify that the new software distribution folder created when you restart the update service is approxiamtely 1.5 MB in size (standard files). Restart the computer and del the folder if you have no issues.
The 'SoftwareDistribution' folder is where automatic updates are stored.
There are mixed views across the board about deleting this folder, but my view is that if you stop automatic updates, delete the folder then restart automatic updates that works and has worked many time before for me.