Is it safe to delete downloaded files in software distribution under windows folder of 2008 server

trying to free up space on our windows 2008 server c drive and i wanted to know if its ok to delete windows\software distribution\download files?
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Yes, you can delete this folder.  It's only a store for Windows updates.

I prefer to use the Disk Cleanup utility instead.  You can also go to START > search for Disk Cleanup > when it opens up make sure you select Windows Update Cleanup > hit OK to clean it.


Rename the folder first and verify that no problems exist after a restart and then delete the folder.  Please see the procedure by  Jeff Loucks:
Dirk KotteSECommented:
yes, it's safe.
you have to stop "windows update" service.
if you restart the service, the folders get recreated immediately.
But i delete the full "software distribution" folder.

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