# What is in c:\winnt\softwaredistribution\scanfile?

Running a couple of Windows 2000 boxes, and the above folder keeps being populated with sub folders named like a SID.

What is being generated here, and is there a way to stop it?

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## 1 Answer

SoftwareDistribution is the Windows Update folder. You can delete it (with the Update Service disabled), but it'll just come back again.

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Even though Windows Updates are disabled and they don't have network access? It seems to be generating the same 20MB worth of files every day. –  mattdwen Nov 19 '10 at 3:38
If the Automatic Updates or BITS services are running, it'll carry on creating files. WSUS or MBSA can also write to that folder. –  user3463 Nov 19 '10 at 3:56