Clear Windows Update cache

Manually clear the Windows Update cache to fix download issues on Windows 10. Before clearing the cache, you would need to stop the Windows update service. To do that, search for “services” and open it as an administrator. Find the service “Windows Update,” right-click on it and then select the option “Stop.”

To clear the cache, do the following:

  • Press “Win + R,” enter the below path and press the Enter button.
  • C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\
  • This folder has all the files related to Windows updates.
  • Open the “Download” folder, select all the files and delete all the files.

You would need to restart Windows Update. To do that, again open the Services and start the Windows Update service. To start the service, right-click on it and select the option Start on the context menu.

To install the latest updates, navigate to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update, and check for updates.