Some users have experienced getting errors while installing and also not being able to upgrade to the latest build. Issues while installing updates in 10 are also common. Here is an easy fix to issues in Windows 10 by clearing the Windows update cache.

Unless and until you have manually disabled it or used a third party tool for that purpose. The Windows update works without any issues but still many users are experiencing issues while downloading or installing Windows update in Windows 10.

Windows Update cache in Windows 10


When Windows Update downloads an update, it automatically tries install the same. At times, you might see errors while installing updates. This usually happens when the downloaded update is corrupted and the issue can be fixed by clearing the Windows Update cache. When the Windows Update cache is cleared, the Windows Update will download a fresh copy of the update to install the same.

When the Windows Update is not working as it’s supposed to, it’s a wise idea to run the built-in Windows Update troubleshooter. The Windows Update troubleshooter can be accessed by navigating to Control Panel, changing View by to Small icons, clicking Troubleshooting, and then clicking View all link in the left pane.

At times, just running the Windows Update troubleshooter might not help fix Windows Update issues. Clearing the Windows Update cache might fix the issues, especially when you have trouble installing updates. In this guide, we will see clear Windows Update cache in Windows 10.

Steps to clear Windows Update cache in Windows 10

Step 1: First you need to stop the Windows update server before you can delete update cache. Type Services.msc in the start search box and then press enter.


Step 2: Double-click the Windows update service entry to open its properties.


Step 3: Under general tab, click the Stop button.


Step 4: Go to the drive where Windows 10 is installed. For instance, if Windows 10 is installed on “C” drive, open up the same. Navigate to Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder. That is, if Windows 10 is installed on “C” drive, you need to navigate to C:\Windows\ SoftwareDistribution\Download directory.


Step 5: Once you are in the Download folder, click File menu, click Change folder and search options to open Folder Options. Under View tab, select the radio button labelled Show hidden files and folders and drives option. Next, uncheck the radio button labelled Hide protected operating system files.

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Click Apply.

Step 6: You should now see files and folders. Select all files and folders and then delete all of them by clicking Delete key. If the see the Folder Access Denied dialog box with “You will need to provide administrator permission to delete this folder” message, select Do this for all current items check box, and then click Continue button. If you’re asked to enter the admin account password, please type in the same.


Step 7: Type Services.msc in the start menu and press enter.


Step 8: Once Services window is opened, click double-click on Windows Update service and then click the Start button to start the stopped service. Click OK button.

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