How to remove downloaded but not yet installed windows update files

by Rohit Khurana on May 1, 2008

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Trouble:

One of our readers Jaime reported a problem regarding the windows update, he says

“How do I delete already downloaded but not yet installed Windows update file?”

 

Windows update

As stated in the statement above user has downloaded windows update files through windows update but because of some reason he does not want to install those windows update. But windows automatic update service keeps trying to install the update.

 

 

Let’s see how can we delete the downloaded windows update files

Fix:

You can easily delete windows update files. For this you need to stop windows update services running in background.

 

Follow the procedure given below:

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1. Open Start >> Run or press window key + r

2. Type “services.msc” (without quotes) and Click OK , this will open services window.

3. Right click on Automatic Updates Service and select Stop.

4. After the service is stopped, press window key + r

5. Type “%windir%\SoftwareDistribution” (without quotes) and press enter.

6. Open the Download folder and delete all contents of the Download folder.

7. Close the window, press Window Key + r ( or Open Start >> Run )

8. Type “services.msc” (without quotes) and Click OK

9. Right click on Automatic Updates Service and select Start.

10. That’s it Done

 

We hope the above procedure will help to fix the trouble, if it does not let us know through comments.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime1079 May 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

It worked at first. Thank you. Then Windows asked permission to download updates again. I allowed it but it turned out to be the
same updates. Now it keeps nagging to install the updates and I
can’t delete them anymore because Windows changed the location of the target file.

Jaime1079 May 6, 2008 at 8:36 am

I’ve made a mistake. Sorry. I thought Windows had already sneaked in the updates elsewhere. When all along it was just asking to start downloading(not installing) the same.

heath May 10, 2008 at 6:53 am

I did this, and after stopping the updates service, the icon disappears from the system tray. After rebooting, or restarting the service, the icon reappears, and they are the same updates. If I check the Download folder in the %windir%\SoftwareDistribution directory, it’s empty. I don’t want the updates it is trying to install. One of them is the sp1 update for MSOffice, which I don’t use, and the other appears to be a tool for removing Paradox’s Vista Ultimate Crack.(or some other product activation bypass crack) I don’t have any cracks installed on my machine, but I still don’t want that update. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

anil parit June 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm

how to installed Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130) update

subgold September 25, 2008 at 12:54 pm

I had the same problem, and I am really annoyed by it. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

freeatlast January 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

http://www.petri.co.il/hide_updates_windows_vista.htm

“The solution lays in the right-click…right-click the update you want to hide, and select Hide Update…”

mansajan January 16, 2009 at 6:42 am

it really works thanx

monsai January 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm

after doing this you can also disable automatic updates if you don’t want to be bothered anymore by that pesky icon on your taskbar and stop it from downloading/installing or even notifying you!.. heheheh!..

to do this..

>go to control panel..
>doubleclick on “security center” icon..
>once inside, click on “automatic updates” under the “Manage security settings for:” and turn it off..
>after that, under “resources” on the security center, click on “Change the way Security Center alerts me”..
>uncheck “automatic updates” and there you go!!!

Kevin F. July 25, 2009 at 12:29 am

I had a client with many viruses that disabled Windows Update and had corrupted already downloaded updates. With this tip I was able to clear the downloaded information and re-run windows Update to re-download the files.

Thanks!

Steve C September 16, 2009 at 8:52 am

I followed directions and icon does NOT go away. I rebooted and icon does NOT go away. Any other suggestions to get rid of this reminder icon?

vinod October 25, 2009 at 6:00 am

I have done this

1. Open Start >> Run or press window key + r

2. Type “services.msc” (without quotes) and Click OK , this will open services window.

3. Right click on Automatic Updates Service and select Stop.

4. After the service is stopped, press window key + r

5. Type “%windir%\SoftwareDistribution” (without quotes) and press enter.

6. Open the Download folder and delete all contents of the Download folder.

7. Close the window, press Window Key + r ( or Open Start >> Run )

8. Type “services.msc” (without quotes) and Click OK

9. Right click on Automatic Updates Service and select Start.

10. That’s it Done

>>> NOW ICON REAPPEARED

Vershley March 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm

thanks a lot…it worked amazingly for me!!!!!

anil parit April 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

hi

how to remove Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)

plaese help me

SAQI June 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

THAT’s unbeliveable

techguy July 6, 2010 at 8:13 pm

This article tells how to delete temporary update files. This is what I was really looking for.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Windows-Update-error-80070003

rasan December 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

but upate are saved in other local drives

bikerboy December 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Thank you very much for posting this.

I typed the keyword “how to delete windows 7 auto update” and your site popped up no 4.

I’m on WINDOWS 7. So I didn’t disable the Automatic Updates Services. Doesn’t matter.

In the end, I went to delete everything in the Downloads folder.

***Problem solved***
Now the windows install update icon at the bottom right no longer exists. Thank you very much.

bikerboy December 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Ooppss… the windows update icon reappeared after I restarted the PC.

Luckily monsai has pointed out this solution:

>go to control panel..
>doubleclick on “security center” icon..
>once inside, click on “automatic updates” under the “Manage security settings for:” and turn it off..
>after that, under “resources” on the security center, click on “Change the way Security Center alerts me”..
>uncheck “automatic updates” and there you go!!!

Now the icon disappears forever. Thanks.

Tindase December 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Thanx a milli, worked like magic for me

Gokul February 26, 2011 at 6:34 am

Great work man!

Christy October 16, 2011 at 12:15 am

Wow.; this has given my laptop back sooooo much disk space. THX.

shahrukh August 27, 2012 at 11:18 am

when i open “RUN” and type “services.msc” i got an error “the procedure entry point ?PickIconDlg@@YGHPAUHWND_@@PAGIPAH@Z could not be located in the dynamic link library mmcbase.DLL.”
what can i do to delete those files bacause your method is not working??

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