Windows Update Download limit

Windows Updates consuming all available bandwidth has been a pain since the release of Windows 10. That’s because Microsoft’s popular OS doesn’t allow you to pause updates. The only thing you can do is set a connection as metered.

Microsoft isn’t completely unaware of the problem users face because of Windows Updates. They have worked out a couple of options to put a check on the download and upload bandwidth for Windows Updates.

The ability to limit Windows Update download and upload speed was first added to Windows Insider Build 16241, released in July. With the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Microsoft brought the feature for everyday users.

So, if you’re running FCU, you can delight yourself with the fact that a download speed limiter is present for Windows Updates.

How to limit update download speed in Windows 10?

The options to limit download speed of Windows Updates is present deep inside the Update & Security settings in Windows 10. Follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Update & Recovery.Windows Update Settings
  3. In the Windows Update section, click Advanced Options.Windows Update Settings
  4. On the next screen, click Delivery Optimization.Windows Update Settings
  5. Under Delivery Optimization, click Advanced Options.Windows Update Settings
  6. On the next screen, you’ll find the slider to choose how much percentage of bandwidth you want to allocate to Windows Update. The slider can be enabled by checking the box that says “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background“.Windows Update SettingsSimilarly, you can choose the upload bandwidth for Windows Update and monthly upload limit. Windows 10 includes the functionality to push Windows Updates to other PCs on the network.

The only problem with this feature is that you can’t choose a number while allocating bandwidth. Putting a bar on the download and upload speeds is quite handy at times when we want to browse the web or stream a video, and the updates start sucking the bandwidth.

Note: This post has been updated to reflect that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has released.

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