Optimize Windows 10 Bandwidth Usage By Disabling Update Distribution

Peer-to-peer file sharing is not just useful for torrent users. The method can really help out in a number of scenarios, as demonstrated very well by the Project Maelstrom web browser from BitTorrent. Peer-to-peer sharing seems to have been adopted by Microsoft as well. In the past, we have seen servers of many major services go down after popular releases. Even Apple users face slow download speeds at times when a new OS version is released. It is a testament to Microsoft’s faith in Windows 10’s success that the OS comes with a built-in peer-to-peer update distribution mechanism. There’s a downside to this though. The mechanism might effect internet speeds on your machine. If you want to optimize Windows 10 bandwidth consumption, turning off the update distribution feature might help.

Before we discuss the method of disabling Windows 10 update distribution, it pays to know what the setting is actually all about. Even if it increases Windows 10 bandwidth usage, the setting does help with smooth updating. In simple terms, your machine will be used to upload the Windows 10 image to other computers, and your machine will download its image from fellow Windows users as well. So, if you choose to optimize Windows 10 bandwidth usage, you will yourself have to rely only on Microsoft servers to download future updates. If this trade-off sounds good to you, here is what you can do to opt out.

Windows 10 Bandwidth Optimization

  1. Open PC Settings.
  2. In the Settings app, look for the ‘Update and recovery’ section. You can also try searching for this menu directly by using the Windows 10 search function.
  3. Click the ‘Check for updates’ option.
  4. ‘Windows update’ is the first tab in this menu. You should see a button labeled ‘Advanced options’ within it. Click that.
  5. The option that really helps you optimize Windows 10 bandwidth consumption is located under ‘Choose how updates are delivered’. Enter this menu.
  6. There is only one toggle present on this screen, which is turned on by default. Disable it and exit the app.

Now your updates will only be downloaded from MS servers, and you have managed to control Windows 10 bandwidth consumption. If you notice slow updating speed at a later stage, it is always possible to turn the feature back on.