How to Delete a Windows Update Cache

One of the most valuable assets the Internet provides is the ability to update software, such as Microsoft Windows, without having to get a physical disc from the manufacturer. This ensures that updates can be applied very rapidly. The only problem with this method is that many programs, such as Microsoft Windows, keep the update file in a cache. Removing these update files from your cache can free up valuable hard drive space.

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Double click on “My Computer.”

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Press “Alt” and “T” at the same time to bring up the “Tools” dropdown menu and select “Folder Options.”

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Click on the “View” tab and navigate to the “Hidden files and folders” category under “Advanced Settings.” Ensure that the bubble next to “Show hidden files, folders, or drives” is filled in, then click “OK.”

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Double click on “C:,” “Windows,” “SoftwareDistribution” and then “Download.”

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Press “Ctrl” and “A” at the same time to select all of the files, then press the “Delete” button on your keyboard.