How to Set Bandwidth Limitations for Downloading Updates in Windows 10


Windows Updates can vary between a few megabytes and several hundred megabytes. These updates are considered beneficial to PCs however, it can be annoying at the same time due to the bandwidth consumption that it can use during downloads. As a result, other activities such as browsing or streaming online are greatly affected. Ideally, Windows should be able to adjust the bandwidth allocation whenever these updates take place in order for the users to continue browsing or doing their activities online without any problem. But because of the frequency and size of these updates, that concept almost becomes impossible.

Luckily, a new feature has been created by Microsoft in its recent Fall Creators Update that will enable the user to set the bandwidth allocation in which Windows can use for these updates. If you’re interested on how to do this on your Windows 10 PC, follow the steps below.

Checking Your Windows Version

To be able to limit the Windows update bandwidth, your computer should have the Fall Creators Update installed. You should be able to determine if you’re using the Fall Creators Update by checking the version number. To check your Windows version, press the Windows key + [R] to launch the Run window. Then, type “winver” and then click OK.

This will open the About Windows window. You will see the version number on the second line, as shown in the sample screenshot below.

The version number should indicate “1709” or above to be considered as the Fall Creators Update. Once you’ve confirmed this, you may now proceed with the steps below.

Setting the Bandwidth Limitation for Windows Updates

STEP 1: Click on the Notifications icon at the lower-right hand corner, then click All settings.

NOTE: Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows + [I].

STEP 2: On the Settings window, click on Update & Security.

STEP 4: Click on Windows Update on the left side of the window, then look under the Update settings section, and then click on Advanced options.

STEP 5: In the next window, click on the Delivery Optimization link.

STEP 6: Click on the Advanced options link.

STEP 7: Under Download settings, check the box next to Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background.

STEP 8: Set your preferred bandwidth limitation by adjusting the slider setting underneath it.

NOTE: If you want, you can also set upload limits. To do that, scroll down, check the option Limit how much bandwidth is used for uploading updates to other PCs on the Internet, and then adjust its corresponding slider according to your preference.

You may also set the monthly upload limit by checking the option Monthly Upload Limit. Take note that these settings are only applicable if you have enabled Windows to upload updates to other PCs on the Internet.

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