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How to throttle peer-to-peer updating bandwidth use in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Peer-to-peer updating can be great, unless you have a slow or data-capped connection. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update allows users to control it. Here's how.

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.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. In Update & Security click on Advanced Options (right above Update At Your Convenience).
  4. On the Advanced Options screen click on Delivery Optimization.
  5. 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.

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About Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.

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