Windows Update fails after messing with SoftwareDistribution folder

  1. WinTenUser's Avatar
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       #1

    Windows Update fails after messing with SoftwareDistribution folder


    Having a bit of trouble with updates for Windows 10 Home OEM.

    First try (today)
    2020-03 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems (KB4551762)
    status: Some update files are missing or have problems.
    We'll try to download the update again later. Error code: (0x8007000d)


    retry
    There were problems installing some updates, but we'll try again later.
    2020-03 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems (KB4551762) - Error 0x800736b5

    Yesterday when attempting to update, the error was different.

    I'm certain the problem stems from my negligent attempt to relocate the SoftwareDistribution folder to an different drive.
    I wanted this because the HDD(onboard SSD chip) is too small, resulting in failing to update due to lack of HDD space.

    What I did:
    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 !

    somehow, after a restart and an attempt to update, the link to the new location of SoftwareDistribution folder was gone and a new actual folder in System32 was creates.


    Sooooooooo, any help would be appreciated.
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  2. Jacee's Avatar
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    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.844
       #2

    Don't download anything, but see if you've missed something here: Fix: Windows 10 Update Error 0x8007000d - Appuals.com
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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    Otherwise:

    Try using a system restore point (may or may not succeed) or restore from a previously created disk image. (Hopefully you will have noted how often the routine use of disk imaging is recommended here so users can rescue themselves from some of the worst problems).

    Or see if you can complete an in-place upgrade repair install which keeps progs and data - tutorial available.
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  4. WinTenUser's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
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    @Jacee, @dalchina,
    Tried both suggestions but had no luck. But since my install is essentially new, I will save time in the long run by just reinstalling.

    Thanks
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #5

    Here's how to protect yourself from unfortunate mistakes (it happens) and even a disk failure:

    Routinely use disk imaging and keep it up to date. Recommended time and again here: e.g. Macrium Reflect (free-paid) + external storage large enough for disk images.

    After you clean install,
    a. Create your first image as early as you can.
    b. Make changes, keep a note
    c. Update your image set
    d. Repeat b,c until
    e. An upgrade to Win 10 when you start from (a) with a new disk image set.
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  6. WinTenUser's Avatar
    Posts : 54
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #6

    dalchina said:
    Here's how to protect yourself from unfortunate mistakes (it happens) and even a disk failure:

    Routinely use disk imaging and keep it up to date. Recommended time and again here: e.g. Macrium Reflect (free-paid) + external storage large enough for disk images.

    After you clean install,
    a. Create your first image as early as you can.
    b. Make changes, keep a note
    c. Update your image set
    d. Repeat b,c until
    e. An upgrade to Win 10 when you start from (a) with a new disk image set.
    Thanks. I do use Disk Imaging, but must have felt there wasn't much to lose at the time!! I even had system restore off on the drive!

    Silly me...

    All is OK now....with a new fresh install.
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