Windows Update Using All of Your Data?

The Problem

Most if not all of us are familiar with the pain that comes with Windows 10 updates. Whenever Windows does run an update, be it a small update ranging from 200MB to 500MB or a feature update that can range from 2-3GB, Windows 10 will use all available bandwidth by default.

The Fix:

This can be a problem for those with metered connections or slow internet. This is a common issue in South Africa where not everyone has access to fibre or fast LTE. The good news is that there is a way to get around this. Since the Windows 10 Version 1709 update (Commonly Referred to as the Fall Creators Update), the option limit the bandwidth of Windows 10 updates was made available. To do so, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open your Start Menu, and then open Settings (The gear icon right above your shutdown button).
  2. Go to Update & Security then click on Windows Update.
  3. In the Windows Update tab, click on ‘Advanced options’ near the bottom of the list.
  4. Scroll down and select ‘Delivery Optimization’.
  5. In the Delivery Optimization settings page, there is an icon called ‘Advanced options‘, click on this icon.
  6. In the Delivery Optimization’s advanced options page, select “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” and “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground”.
  7. You can then drag the slider to suit your need, if you only want to let it use 10% of your bandwidth then drag the slider to the left and leave it on 10%.
  8. When you have the desired settings, you can exit the window.

It is important to note that by limiting the bandwidth that the updates use, they will download slower and therefor the update process will take longer.

The Future?

With the upcoming Windows 10 update (Version 2004) expected to arrive at the end of May, there will be even more personalisation added to the Delivery Optimization and you will be able to set the exact speed in Mbps for your windows updates. This will give you even more control over your PC so that you will never have to worry about Windows updates slowing down your internet again.

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