How to Empty the LCU Folder in Windows 11? [4 Simple Ways]

What Is LCU Folder

First of all, we need to figure out what is LCU before you delete it. LCU refers to the Last Cumulative Update which is a backup folder in case you may want to uninstall the last CU. This folder is usually located at the C:/Windows/Servicing/LCU directory in Windows 11/10.

Is Safe to Delete the LCU Folder

Another frequently asked question is whether it is safe to delete the LCU folder. The answer depends on which cumulative update in the LCU folder you want to delete on your computer. Usually, we recommend you delete the latest CU package in the LCU folder. This is because you may encounter broken Windows updates after you clear all contents of the LCU folder.

How to Empty the LCU Folder in Windows 11/10

So, how to clear the LCU folder in Windows 11? There are 4 applicable methods that you can select based on your needs.

Way 1. Take Full Ownership of the LCU Folder

To delete the LCU folder in Windows 11 smoothly, the first thing you should do is to change the permissions of the folder itself and give it Administrator Full Control. Here’s how to do that:

Way 2. Use CMD

Another simple method on how to delete the LCU folder in Windows 11 is to use the elevated Command Prompt window. This operation can remove all but leave the last folder in the LCU folder. Here’s how:

Way 3. Run Disk Cleanup

Some users reported that running Disk Cleanup can help remove all but the latest one in the LCU folder. Here you may have a try.

Way 4. Use a Professional File Deleter

In addition, you can use a professional file deleter like MiniTool Partition Wizard. Its Space Analyzer feature helps you check what exactly eats up your system disk and delete them permanently. If you find the C drive is full but don’t want to delete the LCU folder, you can extend the C partition using the MiniTool software too. Here’s a simple guide for you.


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