Whatever the reason it might be, if you have problems installing an update or users are reporting issues with a particular rollout, you can delete pending updates to download the package again or skip the update entirely. You can complete this task by deleting the contents inside the SoftwareDistribution folder that contains the files that Windows Update uses to apply new updates. In this guide, you will learn the steps to delete the files for pending updates on Windows 10.

Clear pending updates on Windows 10

To delete pending updates to prevent the installation, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, the Windows 10 update installation files will be deleted from the computer. SoftwareDistribution folder on Windows 10 If you want to skip a particular update, you can use the “Show or hide updates” tool to block the Windows update from trying to install again after deleting the files. Although we focus on cumulative updates, these steps should also work to remove pending feature updates. Update February 1, 2021: This guide was published in October 2018 and revised in February 2022. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.