How To Set Up to Get Windows Update from Local Network & Internet in Windows 10

Before Windows 10, Windows computers get updates mainly through 2 channels, either directly from Microsoft Windows Update servers, or from a WSUS server if in a corporate network. Now Microsoft adds some new interesting ways to deliver these updates. Thanks to 7Tutorials for sharing this tip.

Go to Start Menu and launch Settings App. Then dive into Update & Security. Under Windows Update, click Advanced options.

Settings - Update Security

Under Choose how updates are installed, click Choose how you download updates.

Settings - Update Security - advanced options

Now, you will see something new here.

Settings - Update Security - how updates are delivered

First of all, by default, the switch is turned on with the option set as above, which basically means that you can download windows updates from PCs not only on your local network but also on the Internet, using P-2-P connections on the Internet.

Well, not only does it off load a large amount of traffic from Microsoft’s windows update servers but also made the distribution of windows updates much faster.

If you are concerned about the data integrity, you may switch the option to only get updates from PCs in the local network. Or simply turn the whole thing off to only download the updates directly from Microsoft.

It’s uncertain whether or not your Windows 10 PC is acting as a seed to feed other PCs on the Internet, and if it does who gets to control the bandwidth and how. I’d like to see there are more options available to end-user in the coming releases.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2015

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Barry Trotter
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I’ve not seen any evidence of this mechanism actually working. I’ve got 5 Win10 machines on a 1mbit dsl connection, and they’re all fighting for bandwidth on it every time an update is released, rendering the connection totally unusable.

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