Windows 10 Torrent Updates Stealing Bandwidth

Windows 10 Torrent Updates Stealing BandwidthWindows 10 Torrent Updates have been Stealing Bandwidth. It's a great idea, don't get me wrong, but the moment you go idle for a bit, you start seeding - heavily. If you're a gamer, who on occasion goes AFK, you might find yourself coming back to severe lag because of the Windows 10 Torrent Updates. So I am going to share with you, how to turn it 

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Windows 10 Torrent Updates Stealing Bandwidth

So in order to stop Windows 10 Torrent Updates Stealing Bandwidth, we need to go into the settings of Windows 10. It's well hidden though...

You can disable the Windows 10 Torrent Updates feature (Micro$oft calls it the Windows Update Delivery Optimization  or WUDO) by following these steps:

  1. Go to Settings in the Start menu Search for Update & Security Under Windows Update.
  2. Open Advanced Options
  3. Choose How Updates are Installed
  4. Select Choose how updates are delivered
  5. Disable the toggle under Updated from More than One Place

Windows 10 Torrent Updates Stealing Bandwidth


After installing Windows 10, I felt like my Internet Bandwidth was dropping away. That's when I realized Windows 10 Torrent Updates were Stealing Bandwidth. Though maybe stealing is a strong word... taking it without my express permission would be more accurate I suppose.

Along with the privacy features related to Wi-Fi Sense, Windows 10 users should check for this hidden by default feature that uses your network bandwidth to share updates with other Windows 10 users across the Internet. Microsoft launched Windows 10 on July 29 and offered a free upgrade to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users, and for anyone who wants to download it. But, handling millions of simultaneous 3.5GB downloads is quite difficult for the company. So, in order to cope up with the issue, Microsoft has baked a new feature into its latest desktop operating system that uses the torrent-style approach to obtain software updates, allowing Windows 10 users to download updates from other users.

The feature, known as Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO), is initially designed to help users get faster software updates, which is quite a good idea to handle massive internet traffic of up to 40 Terabits per second (TBps). WUDO works a lot like torrents work. Your computer running Windows 10 is used as part of a peer-to-peer network to deliver software updates faster to others, each person distributing a little bit of the files across multiple computers and helping everyone download updates quickly. But, this peer-to-peer sharing method offered by Windows 10 is using your precious Internet bandwidth, without hinting you about it, because the feature is enabled by default in Windows 10 Home and Pro edition.

WUDO is also enabled in Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, but only for the local network. In summary, the feature is a good idea to speed up software updates, but enabling it by default without the knowledge of users is probably not at all a great idea. In a statement, a Microsoft said that the feature "helps people get updates and apps more quickly if they have a limited or unreliable internet connection" and that it "doesn't slow down your internet connection" because it uses a "limited portion" of idle upload bandwidth.

Of course, if this was true, then I never would have noticed how Windows 10 Torrent Updates were Stealing Bandwidth from me, now would I?

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