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  • 1.  Change liveupdate download directory

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 12:44 PM
    Is it possible to change the liveupdate download directory to a different drive?
    On 2008... I want to change C:\ProgramData\Symantec\LiveUpdate\Downloads to the D drive


    In C:\ProgramData\Symantec\LiveUpdate\Downloads, I have .zip folders dating as back as 4/16/09 (I think this is when SEPM was installed). My "content revisions to keep" is set at 30. Shouldn't the older folders be deleted?

  • 2.  RE: Change liveupdate download directory

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 01:09 PM
    u can try one of these

    Start->Control Panel->Symantec Liveupdate

    Select the "Update Cache" tab in the Liveupdate Configuration window

    Choose the amount of space you prefer the Liveupdate Cache to keep using the slider

    Click "Remove All Files From Cache" to clear this folder.

    Click OK

    check the following link for more info...


    If u have some corrupt defs check this link.


  • 3.  RE: Change liveupdate download directory

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 01:17 PM

    My question is, why are the folders from 4/16/09 still there?
    I don't think I have any corrupt defs. I did change the cache size to 500 MB.

  • 4.  RE: Change liveupdate download directory

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 01:23 PM
    Hi bjohn,

    Because LiveUpdate is shared between all of our products, moving the LiveUpdate directory currently isn't supported. If you need this directory to be somewhere else I would suggest using LiveUpdate Administrator, you can customize the download directory as well as many other options.


  • 5.  RE: Change liveupdate download directory

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 01:27 PM
    What is the size of the folders?
    After clearing the contect also u r having these folders...!

  • 6.  RE: Change liveupdate download directory

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 01:39 PM
    This document may explain why there are older files in there:

    Title: 'LiveUpdate Downloads folder contains a lot of older files'
    Document ID: 2008091013274848
    > Web URL: http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/docid/2008091013274848

    I just looked in my own, and there were files in there dating back to 2006!  However, my maximum cache size is set to over a GB.  :)  You should be okay to manually remove anything that old.


  • 7.  RE: Change liveupdate download directory
    Best Answer

    Posted Aug 28, 2009 05:19 PM
    Liveupdate is designed in such a way that it goes to the C drive , you cannot move this to a  diffrent drive.
    Not only symantec If you have any other software installed and that downloads defntion or upadtes on a daily basis will be on the C Drive.

    Refer to the above kb for your second question, it has been answered  there.

    Extracts from the Kb

    "When LiveUpdate is installed, the value of the maximum cache size is generated randomly. Usually it is between 150 and 190 MB. Sometimes it can be more than 800 MB. The maximum cache size limits the size of the download folder. Once the limit exceeds, files will be deleted. The deletion is random, regardless to size, age, or other parameters of the files. "

    Also if you want these zip files can be deleted from the download folder , there is no harm in it