How To Stop Windows 10 Leaching Your Bandwidth

How To Stop Windows 10 Leaching Your Bandwidth

Windows 10 Disable WUDOIf you feel like your upload and download speeds have slowed down after installing Windows 10 you’re probably right. One of the features of Windows 10 is that it allows users to share network bandwidth amongst each other for downloads.

Windows 10 is being offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users.  Everyone else can also download Windows 10 free for one year and can continue using it for free as long as they remain beta testers for the operating system, which means they need to always have the latest version of Windows 10 installed.

There is at least one feature of Windows 10 that is some cause for concern. It’s called Windows Update Delivery Optimization or WUDO. It allows users to obtain software updates by downloading them from other users. This is a torrent-style approach that I imagine many of you would want to disable. I’ll show you exactly how to do that below.

Why Would Microsoft Install This Feature?

There’s a very good reason why Microsoft has added this feature to Windows 10 and it has to do with the vast amounts of data that is being downloaded due to so many people upgrading to the new Windows version all around the world.

Windows 10 is about 3.5GB and millions of people are downloading this to upgrade to the latest version. If this data can be shared amongst users it would mean faster updates and less pressure on the networks.

WUDO is enabled by default so if you have Windows 10 installed other users may be downloading software updates from you.

How To Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO)?

Luckily, there is a way to disable the Windows Update Delivery Optimization. Simply follow the steps below:

1) In the Start menu click on Settings and then Update and Security

2) In the Windows Update click on Advanced Options

3) Under Choose How Updates Are Delivered switch it Off

This means that each PC will need to download their own updates directly from the Microsoft network and your computer will not be available to transfer files to other computers.


  • Ultra

    August 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply

    Amazing article from someone who really knows what they’re talking about, definitely helped me!
    Thanks Jeff

    • Jeff Pettit

      Jeff Pettit

      August 22, 2015 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Thanks buddy, glad I could help 🙂

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