I volunteer in a senior center where we have 10 Windows Home computers connected via ethernet to provide computers with internet connectivity. We also have 4 stations where the seniors can plug in their own equipment.
Our computers are all configured to treat this network as Public.
1) If we set one of our computers to share its downloads with other computers on the network, will this work with the network connection set to public?
2) Do the receiving computers also need to have that setting? Or can we just designate one of our computers to share and leave the rest alone?
My other question involves how to move our senior facility to Windows 10. All 10 of our computers are set to load a static system image each time they are booted. This ensures that all user data is erased each time the computer is shut down, and settings such as left handedness, magification level and malware they introduced is wiped out. The computers are booted 2 or 3 times a day minimum. We have been updating the images with security patches every Saturday when the senior center is closed. When one of our computers received a bad patch and our recovery media for that machine was corrupted we brought it in for servicing. We had it reloaded with Windows 10 so we could have a way to demonstrate Windows 10 so our users could try Windows 10 before they were forced to update. We were under the impression that Windows Update Service could be disabled and then enabled for the Saturday Updates. We now know that causes the computer to hang, so now once an update becomes available, it downloads the available updates 2-3 times a day until the computers can be thawed on Saturdays.
We would like to upgrade all of our computers to 10, to take advantage of the free upgrade, but having 10 computers downloading the updates 3x a day seems like it will be a problem in our future.
So in a case like ours, what is the recommended route if we want to have Windows 10?
We don't have a server nor PRO licenses.
We don't have wireless capability on any of our computers. I understand that wireless users can defer upgrade type updates, but installing wireless cards on all our computers, and then finding wireless channel that will offer reliable connectivity seems to be nuts. Especially so since we operate in an area where the wireless environment is down right hostile.
Our equipment tends to last a long time, so we'd like to have it updated with the Windows 10 while it is free. We are a very budget conscious group. I have the feeling the "free" upgrade is going to cost us a fortune, but I hate to stand in the way of "progress".
3) So what is the Microsoft solution to our need to control updates in a situation like this where we know the downloaded update is just a total waste of bandwidth?