Where are Windows updates held temporarily?

  Simsy 20:11 12 Dec 2006


I have my update settings set to "Notify, but don't automatically download or install", (just becasue I like to be in control!). When there are updates I get a yellow warning triangle in the system tray that says "click here to download updates". So I click, and there is obviously some downloading going on judging by lights activity on modem and ZoneAlarm, and then the yellow sheild disappears.

But where have the downloads gone to. They haven't been installed so presumably there are some .exe files I need to run. But where?

I guessed they would either be in "C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files", or "C:\Program Files\WindowsUpdate" or Temp internet files, (which I have on my D drive), but they don't seem to be in any of those places.

Any suggestions as to where they might be?

(I know I can install them via the security centre by downloading and installing... I'm just wondering where they go when I click on the yellow sheild in systray)




  Coff 20:28 12 Dec 2006

Automatic updates are downloaded to the Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder. After you've installed them via the system tray icon, you can delete everything in that folder.

If you don't use automatic updates and go to the windows update site to download them, they will populate the same folder.

(They aren't .exe files as such that's why there is no point keeping them after they've been installed.)

  Simsy 20:32 12 Dec 2006



  Simsy 20:32 12 Dec 2006



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