How to Remove the Windows10Upgrade Folder

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The Windows10Upgrade folder located on the C:\ drive or system drive is used by the Windows 10 Upgrade Wizard. If you also upgrade Windows 10 using this folder, the Windows 10 ESD image file is downloaded to this folder.

If the Windows upgrade process was successful and the system is functioning properly, you can safely delete this folder.

To Remove and Delete the Windows10Upgrade Folder in Windows 10

If the Windows 10 upgrade process went smoothly, you can safely delete this folder. There are several ways to disable the Windows 10 Update Wizard:

  • Uninstalling the Windows 10 Update Wizard
  • Continue killing the Windows Update Wizard
  • Stop the update orchestration service
  • Remove the permission to run the Windows 10 Update Wizard.

The first method will automatically delete the Windows10Upgrade folder – and we recommend that you use this method.

In the case of the 2nd or 3rd method, we suggest deleting the folder manually. The folder contains the Windows 10 installation files so that they can be safely removed.

In the last method, you can remove the permissions to run the program so that it can never run. To do this:

  • Start Task Manager, locate the Windows 10 Update Wizard, right-click and navigate to the location where the file is stored.
  • Right-click the wizard and select Properties >Security
  • Delete each user’s runtime authorization.

If your upgrade went well, you may not need the file until the next feature update, you can safely remove it.


When you uninstall the Windows 10 Update Wizard program, the Windows10Upgrade folder is also automatically deleted.

You can also uninstall the Windows 10 Update Wizard from the Control Panel. Type Appwiz.cpl in the Start/Taskbar search field and press Enter to open the Programs and Features window, which displays all installed programs, including the Windows 10 Update Wizard. Right-click the Windows 10 Update Wizard entry and click Uninstall.

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