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Windows Update Default Download Folder


Hello, I recently started to run the automatic Windows Update from my daughter's computer, seems easier than reminding her to go manually update every week. However, I am presented with a bit of a problem. I partitioned her hard drive into 2 sections, one for the windows system, the other for program files and her own "stuff". It seems the automatic windows update tends to download the files into the C: drive, somewhere, and since i tried to make the system partition as small as possible, im constantly looking at around 100-400 megs of open space on the C: drive. Any registry edits, or some sort of option that im missing where i can tell windows exactly where to download the updates before running them?

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The windows need free space on the system drive to install the updates.
You can fully configur the Windows updates:

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1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. Type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
3. Expand Computer Configuration.
4. Right-click Administrative Templates, and then click Add/Remove Templates.
5. Click Add, click Wuau.adm in the Windows\Inf folder, and then click Open.
6. Click Close.
7. Under Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then expand Windows Update.

The Configure Automatic Updates policy appears. This policy specifies whether the computer receives security updates and other important downloads through the Windows Automatic Updates feature. The settings for this policy let you specify if automatic updates are enabled on the computer. If the service is enabled, you must select one of the three configuration options.
8. To view the policy settings, double-click the Configure Automatic Updates policy.
9. To turn on Automatic Updates, click Enabled in the list of options that appear at the top of the Setting tab.

If you click Enabled, you must select one of the three configuration options that are listed in step 10.
10. Select one of the following three options: 2 - Notify for download and notify for install

When Windows finds updates that apply to this computer, an icon appears in the notification area, and a message appears that states that the updates are ready to be downloaded. If you click either the icon or the message, the option that you use to select the updates you want to download appears. Windows downloads the selected updates in the background. When the download is complete, the icon appears in the notification area again, and a message appears that states that the updates are ready to be installed. If you click either the icon or the message, the option that you use to select the updates you want to install appears.
3 - Auto download and notify for install

Note This setting is the default setting.

Windows finds updates that apply to your computer, and then downloads these updates in the background.The user is not notified or interrupted during this process. When the download is complete, the icon appears in the notification area, and a message that states that the updates are ready to be installed appears. If you click either the icon or the message, the option that you use to select the updates you want to install appears.
4 - Auto download and schedule the install

To specify the schedule, select the appropriate options in the Group Policy Settings dialog box. If you do not specify a schedule, the default schedule for all installations is used. This schedule is every day at 3:00 A.M. If any one of the updates require you to restart the computer to complete the installation, Windows restarts the computer automatically. (If a user is logged on to the computer when Windows is ready to restart it, the user is notified that Windows will restart. The user can chose to delay the restart operation.)

If you select 4 - Auto download and schedule the install you can set a recurring schedule. If you do not set a schedule, all updates are downloaded and installed every day at 3:00 A.M.
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Additionally, you can select either the Disabled option or the Not Configured option. If you select Disabled, an administrator must download and install any available updates manually from the Microsoft Windows Update Web site.

If you select Not Configured, the status of Automatic Updates is not specified at the Group Policy level. The status is either "enabled" or "not enabled." However, an administrator can still configure Automatic Updates by using Control Panel. Control Panel includes the same settings that are available in Group Policy.

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im constantly looking at around 100-400 megs of open space on the C: drive
Far too small if Windows is to run efficiently - you need at least 20% free space, preferably 25%.

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conee--I Run most my Windows Updates directly from the WU site, rather than Save them. That means there is no downloaded file left on the Hard Drive. (There are some uninstall files resulting.)

On the few occasions that I have Saved, I am asked where I want to save them, so I chose the location.

When you Save or SaveAs a download, Windows tends to offer the same folder it last used, so you can try a Save or SaveAs, and with luck the SaveAs window that appears will show the folder the WU updates went to.

Windows Update download files usually end in enu.exe. You could run a Search on *enu.exe to try to find the downloaded files.

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