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How to Delete Windows 10 Update Files and Cached Data?

Posted in Articles, MCSA, Windows2 years ago • Written by Shais9 Comments

Remove or delete Windows 10 update files will free the system drive space and speedup your PC too. When you update your Windows, update files will be cached on your system drive. You should manually Windows 10 update files or using some third-party application. The builtin Disk Cleanup Windows features is great for deleting Windows temporary files.

This is the most common problem user asked us about. Unless we had explain this for previews Windows, like Windows 8.1  and Windows 7. Fortunately it works the same for all Windows. So try to cleanup your system temporary files and speed up performance of you computer, specialty Windows 10.

Delete Windows 10 Update Files

Two ways to delete Windows 10 update files. The firs one is deleting an installed update which sometime cause an issue. The second is delete the update cached files in Windows 10. Then follow the below step by step to remove Windows 10 update files.

  1. Type “appwiz.cpl” on the Windows Run to open Program and Features. Now on the programs and feature page select view installed updates.
Uninstall Windows 10 Updates

Uninstall Windows 10 Updates

2. Select and right click the update you want to uninstall it, then click Uninstall.

Note: Some Windows updates are not removable, you can simply uninstall it with Windows Programs and Features section.

Remove Windows Update Files and Cached Data

This is the second method to delete Windows update files and other cached data or temporary files. Just follow the below how to guides.

  1. Open your File Explorer (This PC or My Computer), right click the system drive and select Properties.
Windows 10 System Properties

Windows 10 System Properties

The system drive is where your Windows 10 has been installed currently.

2. On the Properties of system drive, click Desk Cleanup to open Disk Cleanup for drive (C:). Then select all from Download Program files to Thumbnail files under Files to delete. When you have selected all of them, click Clean up system files.

Delete Windows 10 Update Files

Delete Windows 10 Update Files

3. Now on the Disk Cleanup tab, select all options again, then click OK to delete all Windows 10 update files and temporary files.

How to Remove Windows 10 Update Files

How to Remove Windows 10 Update Files

If you want to delete System Restore and Shadow Copies, select More Options tab and click Clean up to remove system restore and shadow copies.

Delete Windows 10 System Restore and Shadow Copies

Delete Windows 10 System Restore and Shadow Copies

Remember: This action will remove all system restore point, you will not able to restore to preview point, unless you the system will create a new restore point.

4. Just click Delete Files to make sure that all files will remove successfully. Until it will not finished, don’t close the process window or shutting down your system.

Are you sure you want to permanently delete thes files

Are you sure you want to permanently delete thes files

5. Now all Windows 10 update files and other cached files must be deleted. Close the system properties window.

That’s it, easy and simple.

Remove Windows Update Files of other Windows

To do the same task or need to more about deleting system cached files or remove Windows update files, I recommend you to read the below articles.

PC Scan & Repair by Reimage software is also a good tools to completely scan and repair your computer. Download and install then start scanning. The below screenshot is the scan result’s of my Laptop.

PC Scan & Repair by Reimage

PC Scan & Repair by Reimage

Also there are more third party apps will do this for your, but doing Windows task with builtin Windows app is better and free. It will let you discover your computer features and functions more.

Any question for issue, just comment us and let us know how do we can help you.


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9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Faiz OrzNovember 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Great article for windows 10.
    but is it work for windows 7 or 8?

    • Shais
      ShaisNovember 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Yes, I mentioned that it works for other Windows also but you didn’t read carefully

  2. MukhtarNovember 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it harmful for the files? If I clean one of my disk using disk cleanup, will not it clean my important cached files? or Whatever come it will remove all?

    • Shais
      ShaisNovember 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      No it is no delete your files. It just delete the junk files, temporary and update cached files.

  3. patriciaJanuary 2, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    I recommend the tool Krojam Cleaner to everyone who wants to clean his PC from all junk files.

    • Shais
      ShaisJanuary 3, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Yes, there are lots of third party tools, but it’s better to do it with Windows builtin tools.

  4. Arguably The WorstMay 4, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Thanks bud, some of us dim folk need help once in awhile for brighter men like you. Windows 10 interrupted me while I was working once and shut off my computer without my asking. Now I seek vengeance and delete all the bloat ware I can find

  5. Os GuyAugust 9, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Most important step while getting rid of windows 10 cache is cleaning of temp files. Just press windows key + r and in the run command box just enter %temp% and hit enter delete all the files in the folder. Similarly, enter temp in the run box and hit enter and go to the folder and delete all the files there.

  6. zandermanSeptember 25, 2017 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    thank you

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