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Windows Update Cleanup disk usage doesn't change

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    Windows 8.1

    Windows Update Cleanup disk usage doesn't change


    Disk Cleanup is failing in removing 972MB from Windows Updates, no matter how many times I run it, it always shows the same value, I've tried many things like troubleshooting windows update, running sfc scans and other things I don't remember. I'm using Windows 8.1 btw.

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Disk Cleanup is failing in removing 972MB from Windows Updates
    From where?? what folder?

    That operation is _ Windows Update Cleanup

    Not remove windows updates
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    See this thread for a little more information on what Windows Update Cleanup does.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    See this thread for a little more information on what Windows Update Cleanup does.
    So there is no way to fix it I presume?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Fix what??

    What are you trying to remove? what files? what folders?
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Fix what??

    What are you trying to remove? what files? what folders?
    I'm not the one removing anything. The size of Windows Update Cleanup doesn't change no matter how many times I run the Disk Cleanup, I also try restarting after running it.

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Do you have all your windows updates installed?

    run this from command prompt(admin)

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

    and then go to

    "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" you can manually delete the files in that download folder
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Do you have all your windows updates installed?

    run this from command prompt(admin)

    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

    and then go to

    "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" you can manually delete the files in that download folder
    Didn't work, Windows Update Cleanup still shows the same value, almost feels like a bug. What do you mean if I have all my windows updates installed? I downloaded all of the updates that Windows Update gave me.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    First of all 972MB isn't very much(not quite a GB).
    Secondly, how long has this been happening? Longer than a couple of weeks? Sometimes it takes up to a month before windows can(is allowed) to clean up certain files(until they're superseded or taken over). It's probably a built in protection so you can roll back if you have a problem with an update(been happening a lot of users lately).
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup /ResetBase

    Attachment 57961
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