How to Clear Windows Update Cache in Windows 10

Why clear Windows Update Cache?

The general answer is: when you have issues related to Windows Updates. Here are the most spread specific reasons:

  • your machine cannot find available updates for a long period of time (two or three days);
  • stuck “searching for updates” in Windows Update section of Settings;
  • stuck “preparing to install updates” on the screen when you reboot or shutdown your system;
  • you encounter errors during the installation of updates for Windows 10;
  • TiWorker.exe is using your CPU for several hours and is not going to stop its activity;
  • you would like to free some disk space by deleting your update cache.

How to clear Windows Update Cache in Windows 10

Step 1. Stop Windows Update (wuauserv) service

  • Press Win+R.
  • Type services.msc and hit Enter.
  • Find Windows Update (wuauserv) and double click it.
  • Click Stop.

wuauserv stop service

Step 2. Delete Update cache

  • Browse to:
    C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

    Where C is the letter of your system drive.

  • Press CTRL+A.
  • Press Delete to remove all files and folders.
  • Press Continue.
    clear windows update cache
  • Empty Recycle bin!


Step 3. Start Windows Update (wuauserv) service

wuauserv start service

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