Windows – Can you change the location where windows stores its updates

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On my personal home PC I want to change where windows downloads it updates to: C:\ProgramData\Package Cache(in folders with long ID numbers).

When installing Python I found that it needs an update (a windows 10 feature that it can install on older systems – for me windows 7). The Python installer goes ahead and tries to run the update but can fail with security errors unless run as admin – I don't want to have to run as admin, especially since I am installing to a non-system access area on D:\

So my question is, can I get windows to use a different folder so that I don't need to run with full admin rights?

  • for example: D:\myWindowsUpdates

Best Answer

Use Link Shell Extension to link the folder to a different HDD via Symbolic Link:

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