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How to Limit Windows 10 System and App Update Bandwidth

You might need to limit the amount of bandwidth app and system updates use, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update lets you do just that.

You always want to get the latest system updates for your Windows 10 system. And, when it comes to apps, you need to keep them up-to-date as well. Windows optimizes the amount of bandwidth your system uses for updates by default, but you might want to tweak each machine on a case-by-case basis. The Fall Creators Update has options that allow you to manage update bandwidth.

I live out in the woods and am lucky to get the DSL speeds I do (they are embarrassing low). One of my testing laptops is on the Insider program and the updates are GBs in size. When a new build is downloading on that machine, other devices like Apple TV and other laptops slow down quite a bit. Since throttling down the bandwidth for those updates on that system, it still gets the update, and it doesn’t interfere with my other online activities.

Limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Updates

There is a couple of different ways to manually throttle download and upload speeds while still maintaining your system and app updates. The easiest way is to hit the Windows key and type: delivery optimization and hit Enter or choose the settings option from the top.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Start menu

On the Delivery Optimization page that appears, select the Advanced Options link.

Delivery Optimization Advanced

Now you will have access to several advanced options that allow you to set limits for upload and download settings. Simply check the ones you want to throttle and adjust the slider accordingly. Note that the Upload setting is used to adjust the speed at which this PC will update other PC on the Internet. You can also enable a cap on monthly upload limits.

For more, read our article about using Windows Update Delivery Optimization to update other PCs.

3 Download Upload Settings

Note that you can also review the Activity Monitor to determine how to set bandwidth limits. From the “Delivery Optimization” page select the Activity Monitor link. You will see the screen below that shows both download and upload statistics for the month.

Activity Monitor

If you’re still running Windows 10 Pro (version 1703) you can manage update bandwidth through Group Policy. Head to the following path:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Delivery Optimization

Then manually set Maximum Download Bandwidth and Max Upload Bandwidth settings.

Group Policy Editor Windows 10

Sometimes you might want to limit bandwidth on certain Windows 10 machines on your network for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you’re in a situation with a slow or limited connection. Or maybe you have certain devices on your network where bandwidth is a higher priority than others. Whatever the reason, these new settings in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update make managing it a lot easier.

Speaking of limiting bandwidth in Windows 10, check out our article on how to limit Windows 10 data use over a metered connection. And for more tips and troubleshooting advice, check out our Windows 10 Forums.


2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dina D  

    Typing ‘Delivery Optimization’ sent me to web results. This worked for me:
    Select the Start button
    select Settings 
    then, Update & security > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization

  2. DebbyS  

    I may be misinterpreting the article, but the tips & tricks in this and the linked previous article seemed aimed at computers on a network and/or using wifi. I have one computer (with most recent Win 10 home version), and do not use wifi but a modem that is wired to my telephone line and then to my laptop. The last update, the huge one on 10/18/2017, took 12 hours over a generic CenturyLink phone line, and I notice very little difference (one old piece of software that I bought, not from MS, is working better; that seems to be it). I had understood that the update could happen, only be a few hours, and not affect any surfing I might do during the time, but that was not true at all in my case (the website telling me it would be a breeze may have a fiber optic connection and a super-duper computer, I don’t know). What I figure I need is to tell MS “just send only ‘critical’ updates!” Is that possible and how can I tell my little computer to tell MS that?

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