How To Clear Windows Update Cache and Fix Windows 11 Updates - Windows Basics


Monday, October 18, 2021

How To Clear Windows Update Cache and Fix Windows 11 Updates

What's easier than solving Windows update problems by clearing the Windows update cache? Obviously, it is the most convenient way to solve such problems. But do you know how to clear Windows update cache? If you're looking for a guide to it, you've come to the right place! Follow the simple steps in this post to easily reset the cache of Windows updates. Scroll down to know more!

Clear Windows Update Cache By Resetting Windows Update Auto Update Client

Restarting the Windows Update Auto Update client can be an effective way to reset the Windows 10 update cache. Keep reading to learn more about the steps to do it!

1. Press the Windows +X key combination.

2. Select Window Powershell (Admin) to be granted access to Powershell Window as administrator. You now have permission to edit the contents of the folder.

3. Copy-paste wuauclt.exe /updatenow the command. Press Enter and your Windows Update Auto-Update Client will be updated. By doing this, you are almost done with your quick update!

4. Close the window. The most complicated step is over!

5. Next, reset the computer. Check if Windows is working or not.

Clear Window Update Cache By Resetting Contents Of Software Distribution Folder

Another way to deal with the Windows 10 update delete cache is to delete the elements in the Software Distribution Folder. It's a much more complicated way. If you tried the first way but it doesn't seem to work, try this one!

1. Open the search box, type cmd.

2. Now, right click on Command Prompt. Then select Run as administrator. Similar to the steps mentioned above, you now have administrator rights. It means you can edit the content however you want.

3. Suspending the updated service is a must. Here, just copy-paste the commands:

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

Just copy-paste. Furthermore, remember to press Enter after typing each line to execute the commands.

4. Now press Windows key + R to run the commands. You've done half the job. Wait until the commands have finished running and move on to the next step.

5. At this stage, you now have permission to grant access to the Downloads folder; paste this line C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download into the Run window. Then press Enter.

6. It's time to select all the contents in the folder (you can press Ctrl and A for convenience). Delete it by pressing the Delete command on your keyboard. You have now deleted the contents of the Software Distribution folder.

7. Your address bar should have the line Software Distribution. Click it! You will return to the Software Distribution folder.

8. Can you see the DataStore on the screen? Click it twice to access it.

9. Do the same with step 6 - select all folders. Delete everything in there. Such an easy way, right?

10: At this point, click PostRebootEventCache.V2 twice to reopen the folder.

11. You must make sure that the folder is empty. If yes, empty it before going to the next step.

12. Have you emptied the folder? Good job, now the same job for you: press Windows and R key combination to open Run.

13. Yes, type cmd again. Now Command Prompt will be opened. You already have administrator rights. 

14. Let's retype the commands:

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

Just copy and paste it and remember to press Enter after pasting these lines into the folder.

15. Close Windows Command. Well, you're almost done!

16. Reset your computer


We guess that you have now learned how to clear Windows update cache to fix Windows update problems. Remember to try the old way first because it is much easier and more convenient for you. But if the first method fails, don't hesitate to move on to the second!

If you have any problems, don't hesitate to ask us in the comments section below!


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