Windows 10 update delivery system, by default, works based on Peer to Peer delivery, which is similar to how torrent works. It makes it easy for Microsoft servers to lower the load on their servers, and speed up the update rollout. If one of your PC has been updated at home, the next PC can get the update from the local PC. Not only this, but the update can be pulled from a neighboring PC following the same procedure.
How to Speed up Updates in Windows 10 or Choose to Save Bandwidth
While this method is, it also attracts an increase in bandwidth consumption, because an updated PC seeds the update, i.e. keeps uploading to other PC nearby.
Go to Settings > Update & Security > Advanced Options > Delivery Optimization. You have two choices here:
- Toggle on Allow downloads from Pcs
- Download Update from PCs on Local Network
- PCs from Internet and Local Network.
PCs from Local Network
If you have a bandwidth cap on your broadband, it’s better to disable it. However, you can choose the send updates to PCs on Local Network, and keep off PCs on the internet. It will help you save a lot of data for home and small offices with multiple PCS.
It gets you into regular update pattern. Remember if you opt in to share to PCs worldwide, you also get an update from PCs around you including app updates.
PCs from Internet and Local Network
Keep it turned on for PC on the same network and local network. These options are like a tradeoff, but if you are on a network which has severe bandwidth restriction, its always reasonable to opt-out.
The circular graph gives you a clear idea of how much data is consumed to send out and download updates.
Lastly, you can control bandwidth by going to the advanced options. By default, Windows will dynamically optimize the amount of bandwidth for Windows updates and app updates. If you feel they are exceeding, you can control
- Download settings: Limit bandwidth, and percentage in the foreground.
- Upload Settings: Limit bandwidth, and monthly update
Let us know if this helped you to speed up Windows Update.