SoftwareDistribution folder duplicated on second drive

  1.    18 Oct 2016 #1

    SoftwareDistribution folder duplicated on second drive

    Since the Win10 Anniversary update, I have a duplicate SoftwareDistribution folder on my B drive (which is where I store all my files).
    There is the regular SoftwareDistribution folder under c:/Windows plus a SoftwareDistribution.old folder, both of which have half a dozen or so subfolders each.
    The folder on my B drive only has a single subfolder called: DeliveryOptimisation, which in turn has a single subfolder called: 74341542e2094e5e819749088b4ee2e8d2843dcc.
    Am I able to delete the duplicated folder on my B drive? There are only 2 files in the subfolder, but one's about 127mb.
    Last edited by DaveAddo; 19 Oct 2016 at 01:03.
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  2.    20 Oct 2016 #2

    My view is yes you should be save to do so as it shouldn't be there anyway.

    However for safety I'd rename it first, and see what happens. Leave it a while, if all is ok, delete it. You could keep a backup.

    (When an update failed to download I renamed the SoftwarDistribution folder (not a recommended idea) on C: - deleting or renaming the Downloads folder in it is wiser) and it was recreated. I just lost my update history)

    If you search using this text
    softwardistribution on second drive
    you will find results discussing how to relocate this folder. I'm not suggesting you do, but this might suggest how you ended up with a second instance.
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  3.    21 Oct 2016 #3

    You can safely delete the folder on the second drive as well as the .old on the main drive. This folder contains all of the Cached Windows Updates and is typically deleted as part of Windows Update troubleshooting. Windows will simply rebuild this directory automatically once deleted.
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