How to Limit the Bandwidth Allowed for Updates in Windows 10

Nancy Messieh 16-11-2017

Background apps and processes are notorious for using up your bandwidth whether on your phone or laptop, and Windows 10 is no exception. There are lots of tools and tricks for limiting bandwidth usage in Windows How to Limit Data Usage and Internet Bandwidth in Windows Want to maximize speed without crossing internet data limits? Learn how to manage your bandwidth on Windows 10. Read More , and now this one simple setting can be added to that list.


How to Limit the Bandwidth Allowed for Updates in Windows 10

When it comes to how much bandwidth Windows uses for background updates, Microsoft actually gives you complete control. To limit Windows 10’s bandwidth usage for updates, just do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  2. Click Advanced Options at the bottom of the screen.
  3. In the window that opens, click Delivery Optimization.
  4. In the window that opens, click Advanced Options.
  5. Under Download Settings check the box for limiting bandwidth usage for downloading updates in the background. Once the box is checked, you can adjust the bandwidth use with the slider. (By default, it’s set to 45%.)

How to Limit the Bandwidth Allowed for Updates in Windows 10 Windows Bandwidth Limit

If you’re using a metered connection, this is a great way to ensure that app and OS updates don’t eat away at your precious bandwidth. While many of these updates might be rather small in size, this option gives you the peace of mind to not have to worry about any particularly large updates that Windows might be pushing at any given time.

What tips and tricks do you have for keeping your bandwidth usage low on your Windows 10 machine? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: Bandwidth, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. richard
    November 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I have followed your instruction but once i click advanced option "which is not at the bottom, more like the middle of the page" i do not get a box for Download settings, just two boxes to check or uncheck and a line that says "Choose how updates are delivered" i am stymied at this point.

    • Nancy Messieh
      November 17, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      Did you upgrade to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

      • rick
        November 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

        Did i have a choice? But, Yes i believe it has, shows windows 10 version 1703 for x64-based systems (KB4049011)
        This is what i see on clicking advanced options page.

        Advanced options

        Choose how updates are installed

        "BOX" Give me updates for other Microsoft products when i update
        "BOX" Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device
        after an update.
        Learn more

        Privacy statement

        Choose how updates are delivered
        Note: Windows Update might update itself automatically first when checking for other updates.

        Privacy settings

        Have a question?
        Get help

  2. Nicky
    November 16, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    this is a WONDERFUL piece of information but I still couldn't find mine. I don't think I even saved it once... closed the program... then when a window opened and said, 'you have documents stored on your.. do you want to recover?' I said no like an idiot... it's gone... :(