In this article, we will answer two main questions related to the Ten updates. The first is where Windows 10 updates are downloaded, how to manage them. Second: where the update files for the OS distribution are sent and how to remove them.
In the Top Ten, Microsoft gave users an unpleasant surprise. Accustomed to independently managing the update process in previous versions, they were surprised to find that in the new OS everything is strictly barracks-style. From now on, regular “updates” of Windows 10 are downloaded and installed only automatically. The user is assigned the role of an observer. He, of course, can remove this or that update in his hearts, but he is not able to control which of them will be installed and in what quantity. Owners of Windows 10 Pro have one chip available. They can delay downloading updates for a period of time. But the Home Edition doesn’t even have that.
- What folder are Windows 10 updates downloaded to?
- Clearing the update folder
- Where are the Windows 10 distribution files downloaded?
- Removing the distribution folder
What folder are Windows 10 updates downloaded to?
The irony is that, even knowing where Windows is hiding regular updates, it would be an unforgivable mistake to delete all the files in that folder using the Del command. It is safer to do this with built-in OS tools, using Microsoft utilities or, at worst, using third-party software. This treasured folder is WinSxS on the C: drive (or on the one where Windows 10 is installed). Of course, it is hidden, it can only be opened with administrator rights.
The main problem with updates is that they eat up exactly as much space as they are allowed to. And since in most cases the use of the available disk space is allowed by the OS by default, over time, overflow occurs. Windows does not like to delete something on its own, preferring to save outdated data “for later”. And if the owners of hard drives, calculated in terabytes and above, this problem is not relevant, then for SSD drives the lack of space is very noticeable.
Clearing the update folder
Knowing where Windows 10 updates are downloaded, you can now delete unnecessary files. Although it is easier to control the cleaning process “from above”, that is, the built-in tools, than to apply low-level deletion with the Delete key. In the latter case, there is a high probability of “demolishing” something valuable, because of which the Ten will fail or refuse to boot altogether. If this happens, you can roll back the OS to its initial state, assembly, or simply return the previous driver.
Windows 10 offers two ways to clean up a folder, as they say, in one hit.
- On the command line, enter cleanmgr.
- A window will open showing the items to be deleted.
- Interested in the line “Cleaning Windows Updates”. We mark it with a tick.
Important! If Disk Cleanup does not offer to remove updates in the WinSxS directory, then they are needed, according to the OS
- Click OK and wait for the end of the procedure.
- We overload the PC.
It is easy to see that with this method, the user is deprived of the choice of one or another update. In fact, it cleans up those files that, according to Windows, can be deleted without risking performance. Maybe the second way is better? Let’s figure it out further.
Cleaning with commands
- We enter the command Dism.exe / Online / Cleanup-Image / StartComponentCleanup, start with Enter.
- We overload the PC.
The same situation – just deleting everything that is in the update folder, without the ability to select files.
Let’s turn to more complex methods.
Uninstallation via Control Panel
We go to “Control Panel” -> “Programs and Features”.
- We select “View installed updates”.
- A log of installed updates will be displayed. Select the item of interest and click on the “Delete” tab.
- A warning window will appear, click “Yes”.
After that, we reboot the computer.
But that’s half the battle. For mystical reasons, Windows 10 restores and re-runs the remote update. A procedure is needed to hide the update. Unfortunately, there are no built-in OS tools for this. We will use a special program wushowhide.diagcab, which is included in KB3073930. You can download the program from the official Microsoft website.
- Temporarily disable the “Update Center” Windows 10. To enter the menu, type services.msc in the search bar.
- At the bottom of the list, open the update center. In the general properties, in the “Startup type” line, select “Manual” and “Stop”.
Important! When we finish the removal procedures, do not forget to turn on the Update Center again.
- We remove the selected update (as described in “Removing through the Control Panel”).
- The utility has been downloaded and launched. Click on “Advanced” and mark the box with automatic acceptance of corrections. After that, click “Next”.
- In the next window, set Hide updates, that is, hide the update. A list will open, select the desired update with a tick, click “Next”.
Files are now hidden and will not be revived. The last step is to enable the stopped Update Center. Using the same program, you can enable hidden updates. To do this, at the selection stage, as shown in the previous screen, click on Show hidden updates. Then we mark the necessary updates and close the program.
Removal via settings
The second way is to delete it through the settings menu.
- Open “Start” -> “Settings” -> “Updates and Security”.
- Go to the Update Center, open the journal.
- Select the desired line, click “Delete”.
As in the first case, we hide the remote update.
Uninstalling via the command line
- We go into an account with administrator rights.
- In the search bar, type wmic qfe list brief / format: table, press Enter to view the installed updates.
- To uninstall, specify the wusa / uninstall / kb: ID command, where ID is the update number, press Enter. The computer will restart after completion.
We also hide the deleted file in the way explained above. Although the user still does not control the process of installing updates, he at least controls the availability of this or that update on his computer.
Where are the Windows 10 distribution files downloaded?
Now let’s look at the second topic of our article: where the boot files of the Tens OS distribution are stored. Microsoft has sweetened the bitter update pill by giving users the Windows Update Assistant utility (downloaded from the developer’s website).
Where do you download Windows 10 updates using this utility? By default, the system stores the installation files in the “$ Windows. ~ BT folder on the C drive. At the same time, the Assistant creates two more folders for its own purposes. Windows10Upgrade – for the initial download of installation files with the .esd extension. And $ GetCurrent \ Media on the system drive for the finished files. It is clear that folders with the attribute are hidden.
When using the Assistant, in addition to the main thing – to which folder the Windows 10 update is downloaded, a lot of other questions arise:
- How much does the distribution “weigh”?
- Is the downloadable image fully functional?
- How much space does Windows 10 take after installation? etc.
Since the final size of the distribution depends on the bitness of the OS (64-bit is “heavier”), the approximate size of the finished assembly is up to 6 GB.
It is pleasant to work with the Assistant. After launch, we activate “Update now”. Configuration, settings, drivers, compatibility will be checked. After that, the download of data will start. At the same time, the above two folders are created on the system disk. After the download is complete, the distribution kit is fully ready for work, transferring to disk, USB flash drive.
Important! When installing Windows, the Assistant will delete the $ GetCurrent \ Media folder from the hard drive
If the user wants to save it, you just need to copy it to another location on the disk or to the media.
Removing the distribution folder
If, according to the user, the folder with the boot files is taking up extra space, you can delete it. The best way to do this is with the Unlocker utility. In fact, the folder is deleted using any program suitable for working with disks. The unlocker attracts with its convenience. After the utility is installed, it is embedded in the Explorer menu. When you click on the properties of any folder, file, the line with the utility is available for action.
To delete the system directory $ Windows. ~ BT, you need to open the hidden files display and find the folder on the disk. Call Unlocker through Explorer and select the “Delete” action in the drop-down list. Confirm OK.
The folder will be deleted with all its contents, and a message will be displayed on the screen about it.
The article discusses the issues where windows 10 updates are downloaded, including installation files. Also described are options for removing unnecessary or outdated updates using Windows 10 and third-party programs.