More on Windows Update Delivery Optimization
August 11, 2015 Leave a comment
I mentioned Windows Update Delivery Optimization in a previous post and how to permanently disable it. In this post, I’ll explain more.
WUDO lets you pick up Windows updates as well as Store applications from computers near you [with the same architecture]. This can be useful particularly if you have a slow Internet connection.
Theoretically, if you have 5 computers in your house with Windows 10, one computer could receive all the updates and the other four receive their updates from that one computer.
By default this feature is turned on to get updates from Microsoft’s servers, computers in your network [if applicable] and the Internet [other computers in the vicinity but you may not know them owners]. Some may wish to turn off the option to use the Internet. The internet option is not turned on if using an Enterprise edition of Windows 10.
Obviously, it can only retrieve the updates from other computers if they have the update already and of the same architecture [32-bit or 64-bit].
When it retrieves updates, it may retrieve pieces of an update from different computers on the local network, Internet of Microsoft’s servers. This works very similarly to torrents.
Updates that are downloaded in full are kept for a short period of time before they are removed. Once removed, other computers must get the update elsewhere.
WUDO does not access any personal data locally. Parts and the final whole updates are checked to verify they haven’t been tampered with before installing.
To adjust settings:
- Go to the Start button icon, then Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and then select Advanced options.
- On the Advanced options page, select Choose how updates are delivered, and then use the toggle to turn Delivery Optimization off. When turned off, you’ll still get updates and apps from Windows Update and from the Windows Store.
If you’d just like to stop downloading updates and apps from PCs on the Internet, select PCs on my local network.
Windows 10 won’t automatically download updates or applications if it detects that your computer is using a metered connection. As well WUDO won’t automatically download or send parts of updates or applications to other computers on the Internet if it detects that you’re using a metered connection.
If you use a Wi-Fi connection that is metered or capped, make sure you identify it as a metered connection. Here’s how to do so:
- Go to the Start button icon, then Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced options.
- Use the toggle under Set as metered connection to set your Wi-Fi connection as metered.