Windows 10 Update Shares Your Bandwidth By Default

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Windows 10 is being pushed out to millions of people as we speak and the response to it has generally been positive. After a lackluster showing with Windows 8, this is an early winner for Microsoft. But there is one thing you should know about the Windows 10 update, it’s using your bandwidth to give the update to other users.

Microsoft has built in what they call Windows Update Delivery Optimization which is designed to get the update to users faster so the wait time is less. The feature is on by default in Windows 10 Home and Pro while the Windows 10 Education and Enterprise versions have it on for local networks only. Windows Update Delivery Optimization works exactly like a peer-to-peer torrent client sharing bits of the update to others around the world using your upload bandwidth.

The idea is a good one, but it can also hurt those users who might have limited data packages from their service providers. Unlike the United States some countries do have data caps from their ISP’s so this will put a ding on their monthly allotment. You can disable the Windows Update Delivery Optimization feature in the settings menu of Windows Update. Users have to click on “advanced options” and then “choose how updates are received.”


courtesy hindustantimes

In response to criticism, Microsoft defended the feature by saying it “helps people get updates and apps more quickly if they have a limited or unreliable Internet connection.” It said the move “does not slow down your internet connection” as it uses a “limited portion” of idle upload bandwidth.

Microsoft assures users that no personal data is being shared via this tool and that it only serves up portions of the update cache.

What do you think of Windows Update Delivery Optimization? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

  Source: HindustanTimes
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