Automatic updates are downloaded in %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder and occupy a lot of space. You can safely delete these files.
Type the following commands in command prompt window
net stop wuauserv
Open Windows Explorer and delete all contents in the folder c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
Go back to Command prompt window and type net start wuauserv
Be sure to restart Windows before another attempt at getting the updates !!
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Tags: Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Published Date: 20080517