How to Rename a Software Distribution Folder

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How to Rename a Software Distribution Folder
There is a way to rename the Software Distribution folder in your system. (error digital image by UBE from

When trying to update your Microsoft Windows XP computer to get rid of the error message, "Webpage Cannot Be Displayed", you know you have run into some serious problems. Part of fixing the problem is to rename a folder that, according to the system, cannot be renamed. Fortunately, there is a way to rename the Software Distribution folder in your system. With some typed commands and following specific instructions, you will soon be on your way to normal updates again.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start", then "Run", type "cmd" and click "OK".

  2. 2

    Type "net stop wuauserv" and click "Enter". Type "net stop bits" and click "Enter". This will turn off "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" and "Automatic Updates".

  3. 3

    Type "net stop cryptsvc" and click "Enter". Type "ren %systemroot%\System32\Catroot2 oldcatroot2" and click "Enter". Type "net start cryptsvc" and click "Enter". This will rename "Catroot2". Type "exit" to close "command prompt".

  4. 4

    Click "Start", "Run" and type "%systemroot%" before clicking "OK". Right-click the "Software Distribution" folder and select rename. Type "SoftwareDistribution.old" as the new name.

  5. 5

    Open "command prompt" again by; clicking "Start", "Run", typing "cmd" and clicking "OK". Type "regsvr32 wuapi.dll" and click "Enter". Type "regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll" and click "Enter". Type "regsvr32 wuaueng.dll" and click "Enter". Type "regsvr32 wucltui.dll" and click "Enter". Type "regsvr32 wups2.dll" and click "Enter". Type "regsvr32 wups.dll" and click "Enter". Type "regsvr32 wuweb.dll" and click "Enter". This will register the files used by "Windows Update".

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    Type "net start bits" and click "Enter". Type "net start wuauserv" and click "Enter". Type "net start Eventlog" and click "Enter". This will restart "Background Intelligent Transfer Service" and "Automatic Updates" Type "exit" to close "command prompt". Everything will now work as normal.

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