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Where Do Windows Update Files Get Stored

By chocobogo_rct
Jan 31, 2003
  1. I have a lan of 6 pcs all running XP Pro, only one has a net connection and when I run Windows update there is the new WMP9 there so I have downloaded it.
    But surely Windows update has downloaded and exe file somewhere along the line, what I wondered was where this file is so I can run it on all my other machines instead of doing it individually on each machine!!

    Cheers
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Usually they're stored in Temporary Internet Files directory, sometimes in \msdownload.tmp.
     
  3. Elliah

    Elliah TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    where do the downloaded vista update files go?

    i pressed on cancel by mistake when i wanted to install sp1 and now i have to redownload the 400 plus mb file again?! where can i access the file on my computer?
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    In Vista, Windows Updates go to \ Windows \ SoftwareDistribution.

    You can clean up the updates by stopping Windows Update service and deleting everything in that directory.
     
  5. Elliah

    Elliah TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    so i can safely delete everything in that folder right?
     
  6. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    It's never done any harm in/for my computer.
     
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