Most of the Windows 10 users face several issues while installing the update as this issue mainly happen when the downloaded update is corrupted and this issue can be fixed by clearing the Windows Update cache only.
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When the Windows Update cache is cleared, the Windows Update will download a fresh copy of the update to install the same. But if you don’t know how to clear Windows update cache then you don’t have to worry, You have landed on the right place. This article is all about clearing Windows update cache in Windows 10 step by step.
Steps to Clear Windows Update Cache in Windows 10
Step-1: First you need to stop the Windows Update service before you start deleting the Update Cache. For this click on the Start menu search box type Services.msc and then press the Enter button.
Step-2: Once you select the services.msc option from the search box the Services window will open on the screen. Here you have to look for Windows Update service entry.
Step-3: After you find the Windows Update service entry double-click on the entry to open its properties dialog.
Step-4: Now in the properties dialog under the General tab, click on the Stop button to stop the Windows Update service and then click on the OK button to save the changes.
Step-5: Now open up the where the Windows 10 is being installed.
For instance, if your Windows 10 is installed on “C” drive of your computer then navigate the following path Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder.
Step-6: Once you navigate to the above path you will reach to the Download folder. Here you have to click on the File menu and then click on Change Folder and search options to open Folder Options.
Step-7: Now in the folder option under View tab select the radio button which is labeled Show hidden files and folders and drives option.
Step-8: After that, you have to uncheck the radio button which is right next to the option Hide protected operating system files.
Step-9: Once you have selected the option now click on the Apply button to apply these changes on your computer.
Step-10: Once the changes are applied now you can see the files and folders. Now you have to select the files and folders and then delete all of them.
While deleting them If you see the Folder Access Denied dialog box with “You will need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder” message then in that case select Do this for all current items check box, and then click on the Continue button.
Once you successfully completed the above steps then the Windows Update cache will be deleted from your computer. Now you have to start the Windows Update service which you stopped in the first three steps.
Step-11: Now again click on the Start menu search box type Services.msc and then press the Enter button.
Step-12: Once you select the services.msc option from the search box the Services window will open on the screen. Here you have to double-click on the Windows Update service and then click the Start button to start the stopped service.
Step-13: Once you click on the start button now finally click on the OK button to complete the process.
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This wraps up the article I hope these steps help you a lot to clear Windows update cache in Windows 10 without any difficulty. If you liked the article then please share it on social media and with your friends.
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