Stop Letting Microsoft Use Your PC for File Sharing

Dave LeClair 30-05-2016

Microsoft is all about Windows Updates lately. Between forcing Windows 10 updates on everyone How to Block the Windows 10 Upgrade, Everything We Know Microsoft really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 for free before July 29. Windows 10 is a cash cow and easier to support. We show you how to avoid or undo an accidental upgrade... Read More , and generally doing a lot to make its users mad with the way updates are handled How to Say "No" to Windows 10 on Your PC Tired of postponing the Windows 10 update? Microsoft has made it easier for you to say No! Read More , it seems like we need to spend more time figuring out to fight updates than using our PC.


One place Microsoft is attempting to make Windows Update more streamlined is by having users share their connection with others to speed updating through P2P How P2P (Peer to Peer) File Sharing Works Wondering what peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing is and how it got started? We explain what you should know. Read More .

For most users, this isn’t anything they’ll notice or have a problem with, but for anyone with limited Internet where they pay for their bandwidth, it can be a real problem! Fortunately, you can turn it off! Here’s how it’s done.

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First, head to Settings then Update & Security. From there, go to Windows Update on the left menu, then click Advanced Options under the Update settings area.

Now, under the Updates from more than one place section, turn the toggle to off. Now, when you update, you will not receive updates from other users, nor will you send data for their updates.


How do you feel about Microsoft’s approach to Windows 10? What do you like, what don’t you like? Let us know with a comment down below!

Related topics: Bandwidth, File Sharing, Windows 10.

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  1. Alan Trinder
    November 6, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Windows 10 has some great features but the Microsoft approach to it being incomplete is terrible. The customer does not matter. Devices that don't work plug and play via usb with no fix and support that don't even know the problem exists (or act like they don't know) despite many a comment on the community.

  2. Star
    November 4, 2016 at 1:11 am

    thx for this.

  3. Nora G
    June 24, 2016 at 4:35 am

    Mine was set to ON by default. Slow internet connection and every app on laptop was running so slowly it was next to useless until I found this article and changed the setting. At first it wouldn't even LET me change it. I couldn't get into Advanced Options. The window would just disappear before I could click on it. Very weird and frustrating. I had to disable file sharing in Windows Features and reboot.

  4. Thomas Wentzel
    June 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    My PC tells me that "some settings are managed by your organization," and the off setting is grayed out. This is my home PC, there is no "Organization." What now?

    • Dimitar Dimitrov
      November 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

      That's shown when you change the privacy setting with a tool like O&O Shut10 - it manages the settings "from above".

  5. Dennis Cozine
    May 31, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    The only way to keep Windows 10 from being forced down are throats is to have everyone sue Microsoft.

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2016 at 2:37 am

      First of all, they didn't do anything illegal, if we don't like it we can't sue them for it, second they made you agree to the terms and conditions when setting windows up anyways so It says that they are allowed to do this. Don't want windows 10 don't upgrade, I personally like it, but it's your opinion, You can disable the notifications.

  6. rk
    May 31, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    "for anyone with limited Internet where they pay for their bandwidth, it can be a real problem!", So by turning it off, would getting updates from MS be taking longer? If so, wouldn't that chew up one's band width anyway? Just wondering....

    • sackbag
      June 1, 2016 at 6:18 am

      You'd only be downloading it once from microsoft. You could end up uploading it to like 20 people, which could go through a lot of bandwidth. Say Windows 10 is like 5GB and you have a 100GB monthly cap on your internet. The 5GB isn't a big deal if it's a one-time download, but if you uploaded it to 10 people that's 50GB and half your bandwidth gone.

  7. KR
    May 31, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    All the Windows 10 PC's I checked (6) the setting was OFF. Your click-bait has worked well.

    • sackbag
      June 1, 2016 at 6:19 am

      Me too, but I think I might have turned it off myself when I first installed Windows 10 and forgot about it.

    • DEDE1973
      July 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      It was on on my pc. Nice try though.

  8. Richard
    May 31, 2016 at 10:40 am cost me over $240 in bandwidth charges when I first got Windows10 (of course, it wasn't realized until the bill came a couple of weeks then, too late, damage done) seemed as though every app on my system was using my verizon hookup, not just updates

    ...I ended up turning almost every one of them off...Microsoft acted like a bully with this windows10 thing...

  9. Dave
    May 31, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I've had windows 10 (not by my choice) for about a week now. I was shocked to see that it was "on" for me. As a person with a relatively slow internet connection who needs all the bandwidth he can get for Netflix, I turned it off as fast as I could.
    Thank you for the tip.
    I was getting frustrated that internet seemed slow lately. Maybe this is the cure.

  10. Denise
    May 31, 2016 at 4:25 am

    There are 2 items: 1 talks about sharing updates with your local network, and the second talks about sharing updates from other computers on the internet.

    Mine was also set to "off" when I checked it

    How dare Microsoft use my computer and internet connection, which I already pay too much for, to update someone else's computer?!?!

    Isn't it enough that my PC won't stay asleep, or turned off, nor shut down without re-starting itself, that I have to literally unplug it? I am glad I don't have a camera on my PC.

  11. theitg
    May 31, 2016 at 4:21 am

    On the internet, sure. But what's bad about sharing updates within a LAN? Same concept as a file server, and I think it's an excellent idea. Pretty poor writing to skip over that part.

  12. Anonymous
    May 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    You have to click on "Choose how updates are delivered" before you cane see the "Updates from more than one place" screen. Also, mine was off when I checked the setting. I don't think I've ever changed the setting before so it may default to off.

  13. bijo
    May 30, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    you have bad understating of the feature , this is talks about Local Network... you are NOT sharing it with your neighbors

    • mike
      May 31, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      but the second selection is just that, sharing with other computers on the internet (your neighbor, or the man on the moon)

  14. Jason
    May 30, 2016 at 10:36 am

    It's a great idea to be able to share updates between computers on my local network.