Changing Windows update folder store location in Windows 7

Stopping the Windows Update Service and renaming the folder

  • Start>Run
  • type cmd and press enter
  • type net stop wuauserv and press enter
  • type rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution softwaredistribution.old & press enterCreating a symbolic link using Junction (GET IT NOW)In this example the software distribution folder will be redirected from C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution to the D:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution

    Creating the Junction

    To create the target directory from the command prompt

    md D:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution

    To create the Junction

    junction C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution “D:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution”

    Restart the Windows Update Service

    type net start wuauserv and press enter


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