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Server 2008 R2 SP1 Update error

Posted on 2011-09-26
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I'm attempting to install SP1 for server 2008 R2 on a machine which has a very small C partition.  In fact there is only 6GB of space left on it and this seems to be causing a problem when I run the SP1 updater:

Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0080070643: Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 for x64 based Systems (KB976932).

The problem is they want 8GB free and there is nothing else to delete to free up that space.  I tried manually downloading the installer and running it from another partition but get a similar error.  Is there any kind of command line switch I can use that would force it to run on the partition with plenty of space?
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Are you sure there is no space you can free up? have you tried to disable the Windows update service, then tried to delete the contents of the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Datastore and C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Downloads folders, then re-enable the updates service again? That folder holds the downloaded updates of previous windows updates, and usually will cleanup quite a lot of space. Did you run "Disk Cleanup" via Disk Management?
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I had done the disk cleanup but didn't try disabling the update service and cleaning out that directory...it was just barely enough and worked!  Thanks for the tip.
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