You may have noticed peer-to-peer (P2P) updating in Windows 10. It acts a lot like downloading and seeding torrent files: Those in need of an update pull small bits of it from countless other Windows 10 owners, and vice versa.
That can take a lot of pressure off of Microsoft’s servers, and can be a great way to update a bunch of machines on a company LAN. For those on a home or small business connection, P2P updating can eat through your data allowance and kill performance; luckily, Microsoft saw fit to include some controls that limit download and upload bandwidth, as well as put a cap on the maximum data you’ll use in a month, in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
SEE: Software usage policy (Tech Pro Research)
These controls are a bit buried, though, so here’s how to get to them.
- Open the Settings app.
- Click on Update & Security.
- In Update & Security click on Advanced Options (right above Update At Your Convenience).
- On the Advanced Options screen click on Delivery Optimization.
- Choose Advanced Options again, and from here you can control download and upload settings, as well as put a cap on how much you’ll upload per month.