Windows 10 Uses Your Bandwidth To Push Updates To Other Users, Here’s How To Turn It Off

Starting on July 29, Windows 10 launched to much fanfare as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users worldwide (190 countries), if you have reserved it for. Are you tired of hearing about Windows 10 yet? Microsoft’s latest iteration of Windows 10 update is a wonderful one came with a multitude of enhancements and feature additions. But nothing is perfect, and it seems that individuals are takting exception with how Microsoft utilizes a user’s Internet connection to share updates with other Windows 10 users across the world.


It’s by default, Windows 10 uses your Internet connection to share updates with other across the Worldwide Web. Using a feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization, designed to help users get updates faster and is enabled by default in Windows 10 Home and Pro editions as efficiently as possible, which will immedietely irk a lot of people. Same like as how a torrent works. Of course your computer used as part of a peer-to-peer network to distribute files, which basically means its using your upload bandwidth to deliver updates to other computers. It’s a great idea, unless your connection is restricted. Thankfully, users are able to “opt out” of such an experience, but really, Microsoft shouldn’t have turned this on by default, and even more shouldn’t have hidden the menu away so ddep inside Settings.

Here’s how you can get rid – quickly disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization:

Step 1: Launch Settings (Windows+1) and head into the Windows Update settings option.


Step 2: Click on Advanced options.

Step 3: Select the Choose how updates are delivered option.


Step 4: Right from there, turn the toggle to off, as shown in the screenshot below.


Theoretically, the Windows Upadte Delivery Optimization (WUDO) feature is actually extremely clever and innovative and will essentially provide some benefit to users. With that said, it is entirely possible for a user’s Internet connection to be throttled and interrupted at busy periods and having Microsoft consume bandwidth ultimately in stealth could definitely contribute to this. Why then it needs to be toggled off for good.

The newly introduced WUDO inclusion doesn’t noticeably slow down an Internet connection, and that it used a “limited portion” of idle bandwidth to perform its duties. Finally, You can disable WUDO, but the option is buried in the settings menu for Windows Update under ‘advanced options’ then ‘choose how updates are received.’

If you’ve got limited amounts of upload or download bandwidth, it’s worth checking if this feature is enabled for you. Microsoft says that the feature “helps people get updates and apps more quickly if they have a limited or unreliable Internet connection”.

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