Windows 10: Corrupt Software Distribution Folder Caused Latest CU To Fail Solved

  1. tracit99's Avatar
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       15 Jun 2018 #1

    Corrupt Software Distribution Folder Caused Latest CU To Fail

    It has been a while since I cleaned out the Widow Software Distribution Folder in my Windows 10 1709 partition and I am blaming it for the the failure to install the latest CU for this build After waiting for over an hour for KB4284819 (OS Build 16299.492) to fail, I rebooted and then I checked the Software Distribution Folder. I was amazed at what I found. Over 65000 files occupying around 8.77 GB of hard drive space.

    Needless to say it was time for a cleaning. After cleaning out the folder, the CU installed with out incident.

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    It has always amazed me that Windows is so sloppy at house keeping.
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  2.    15 Jun 2018 #2

    I hope you do not have an SSD.. That folder's download section should be checked about every 6 weeks or so.
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  3. tracit99's Avatar
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       15 Jun 2018 #3

    Hi Josey,

    No SSD here. I can only wish for something beside this 5400 RPM spinner.
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  4.    16 Jun 2018 #4

    Do you mean cleaning C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download? Mine is only 95MB. What tools do you use for cleaning or just delete the files manually?
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       16 Jun 2018 #5

    Hello Steve,

    There are several schools of thought about the cleaning/resetting of the Windows Software Distribution folder. Personally, I delete everything in the folder manually. Currently, I stop the USO and Windows Update services and just delete everything. Deleting everything will most likely cause you to lose your update history in Windows Updates, however I am okay with that.
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  6.    16 Jun 2018 #6

    I have never had a problem with that (i.e manually deleting etc) - but, as you may know, I'm the biggest WU fan in the whole world..<sarc> LOL

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    Just use the cummulatives...
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