How to Clear Windows Update Cache

Author:Alice | TIME:November 15,2017

Are you getting errors while installing Windows 10 updates? Are you unable to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 build? Do you have issues while installing updates in Windows 10? Here is an easy fix to Windows Update issues in Windows 10 by clearing the Windows Update cache.


When Windows Update downloads an update, it automatically tries install the same. At times, you might see errors while installing updates. This usually happens when the downloaded update is corrupted and the issue can be fixed by clearing the Windows Update cache. When the Windows Update cache is cleared, the Windows Update will download a fresh copy of the update to install the same.


When the Windows Update is not working as it’s supposed to, it’s a wise idea to run the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter. The Windows Update troubleshooter can be accessed by navigating to Control Panel, changing View by to Small icons, clicking Troubleshooting, and then clicking View all link in the left pane.


At times, just running the Windows Update troubleshooter might not help fix Windows Update issues. Clearing the Windows Update cache might fix the issues, especially when you have trouble installing updates. In this guide, we will see how to clear Windows Update cache in Windows 10.


Unless you have manually disabled Windows Update service or used a third-party tool to disable Windows Update, the Windows Update works without any issues for most users. That said, there are users who have been encountering issues while downloading or installing Windows Updates in Windows 10.


1 To start, we need to stop the Windows update service before we can clear the update cache. To do that, search for “Services” in the Start menu and open it. If you are using your system as a standard user, then open it as an administrator using the right-click menu.


2 Once the Services window has been opened, find the service “Windows Update,” right-click on it and then select the option “Stop.” This action stops the Windows update service.

3 After stopping the service, press “Win + R,” enter the below path and press the Enter button. This is the folder where Windows stores all the files related to Windows updates.C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\


4 Once you are in this folder, open the “Download” folder, select all the files in it and just press the Delete key on your keyboard to delete all the files. You might be prompted for administrator permissions; simply click on the “Continue” button to complete the procedure.


5 Open the Services window again and start the “Windows Update service again by right-clicking on it and then select the option “Start.”

6 Check for and install updates

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