How to limit the bandwidth used by Windows Update

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To limit the bandwidth used by Windows Updates in Windows 10, Windows Store and other Microsoft products, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Head to Update & Security > Windows Update
  3. On the Windows Update page, click on ‘Advanced options’.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Delivery Optimization’.
  5. Now that you are in the Delivery Optimization settings page, click on the ‘Advanced options‘ again, as shown below.

 

  1. In the Delivery Optimization’s advanced options page, put a checkmark in the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” and “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground”.While the first option limits the bandwidth usage for Windows Update, the second option is for foreground activities such as Microsoft Store.

 

 

  1. Drag the slider to set a limit as a percentage that you want to allocate to Windows Update and updates through the Microsoft Store.For example, if you select 10%, only 10% of the available Internet bandwidth will be used for Windows Update-related activities.
  2. Once you select the amount of bandwidth you wish to allocate, you can close the settings window.

With this setting enabled, when Windows 10 performs an update, it will only use the specified amount of bandwidth and thus allow other applications to continue using the Internet without issues.

It should be noted that decreasing the bandwidth available for updates will also cause these updates to download slower and for the update process to take longer.