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Delete Files in C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download?

by efeller / October 4, 2005 12:23 AM PDT

Hi there,

Does anyone know if it safe to delete the contents of the c:\windows\softwaredistribution\download folder? I have this folder on an XP SP2 desktop here at work and the subfolders of that folder above all seem to be several hundred MB each and I'm wondering if I can safely delete them to free up disk space?

Any feedback is much appreciated.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2005 12:30 AM PDT

How I delete such if the delete key doesn't work: MOVEONBOOT from

As to safety, I remember deleting that. Nothing bad happened. I can't tell what happens on your machine.


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pls. clarify
by efeller / October 4, 2005 12:35 AM PDT
In reply to: MOVEONBOOT.

Thank you for the reply. I'm not totally sure I understood it correctly though. Do you believe that it's ok then for me to delete those files?


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Best of luck,
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2005 12:46 AM PDT
In reply to: pls. clarify

I believe that it didn't affect any machine I removed them on. I can't tell what will happen to your machine.


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