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How to Stop Windows 10 From Uploading Updates to Other PCs Over the Internet

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How to Stop Windows 10 From Uploading Updates to Other PCs Over the Internet

How to Stop Windows 10 From Uploading Updates to Other PCs Over the Internet



Windows 10 includes a new peer-to-peer download feature for updates and Windows Store apps. By default, Windows will automatically use your PC‘s Internet connection to upload updates, hiding the option to disable this five clicks deep in the operating system.

You can continue to use peer-to-peer updates on your local network, but you may not want to waste upload bandwidth to help reduce Microsoft‘s bandwidth bills. This is especially true if you have data caps on your Internet connection.


Disable the Uploads

1. Click the Start Menu and click Settings.

2. In the Settings window that appears click the "Update & security" icon.

3. Click the "Advanced options" option at the bottom of the Windows Update pane.

4. Scroll down to the bottom of this pane again and click "Choose how updates are delivered".

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Select the option you prefer under "Updates from more than one place". We recommend just selecting "PCs on my local network" here.

Off: This disables the peer-to-peer update feature entirely. Updates will only be downloaded from Microsoft‘s servers, and won‘t be uploaded to anywhere.

PCs on my local network: This is the best option. With this enabled, you‘ll benefit from peer-to-peer updates on your home or work network. This means faster downloads and less download bandwidth used. You‘ll only have to download the updates once and they‘ll be shared amongst all your PCs. Your PC will never upload updates over the Internet.

PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet: This option is the default, although it probably shouldn‘t be. With this enabled, Windows 10 will upload updates from your PC to other computers over the Internet. These computers would normally just download updates from Microsoft, but Microsoft will save on bandwidth because they‘re getting some updates from your Internet connection.

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