Windows 10 is using your bandwidth to distribute Windows Updates, but you can disable it easily
Microsoft launched Windows 10 on July 29th, and the new operating system, has been warmly received by users.
The reason for this is largely due to the free upgrade which the Redmond Company, offered to all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users.
You may be aware by now, that you cannot disable Windows Updates, in Windows 10. Pro edition users can defer updates for a limited time, but will need to install all prior updates to continue receiving updates. This hasn’t been a welcome move amongst users, who are worried about buggy updates, but quite frankly it is the only way for Microsoft to ensure that users get all security updates on their PCs.
Now that is not the only change to how Windows Updates works. There is an option which could potentially annoy users. It is called “Windows Update Delivery Optimization”.
Windows 10 allows you to get updates from more than one source, i.e., your computer will download the updates from Microsoft, and other computers on the internet. This feature not only downloads Windows Updates but also your Windows Store apps as well.
No, don’t worry your privacy is not at risk, and neither is the chance of your PC being infected. The problem lies with the feature itself, in that, when you enable the option, your computer will be streaming Windows Updates to other PCS. It’s like a peer to peer network, with a layer of Microsoft’s security in place.
If you have a restricted internet connection, like say, a broadband with limited bandwidth, this option is not a good one for you, as it may consume your precious data. Fortunately there is an easy way to turn it off.
Click on Start > Settings > Update & Security.
Now, on the right pane, click on Advanced Options.
This screen will display some information about how “Windows Update Delivery Optimization” will download updates from Microsoft, PCs on your local network and PCs on the internet. Just below this is a toggle which turns on the feature.
Enabling this allows you to choose updates from two different sources:
- PCs on your local network
- PCs on your local network and other PCs on the internet.
You don’t need this if you are on a home network. Click on the toggle to disable it and both options should be grayed out. That is all you need to save your bandwidth from being exhausted.