1. Joined : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10
       03 Sep 2015 #1

    How To Limit Win10 Update D/L Speed - Slow, NON-METERED Connection


    First, my apologies if this is discussed elsewhere or if this is being asked in the wrong sub-forum; I did a search and only found hits referring to a metered and/or WiFi connection, neither of which applies to me.

    I live in Costa Rica, and have only a (nominal) 2Mbps connection -- which is the fastest available in my neighborhood. This has been a problem with Windows updates all along, but since I've upgraded to Win10, the trouble is exacerbated to the point that the internet is sometimes unusable when I'm getting an update from MS. This is especially problematic in that my spouse works online for a living, so MS eating up the bandwidth affects her job directly.

    So, my question is in two parts:

    1. Is there any setting whereby I can limit the download speed of the Windows updates? I don't wish to defer or stop any, just make them very low priority for bandwidth.

    2. Is there any setting/switch I can toggle that will show (like the old flag icon in Win7) that there are Windows Updates downloading, so that I can tell whether any internet sluggishness is because of Windows or just the connection itself (which, living here the Third World, is far from constant). I'm hoping to document these fluctuations for an ongoing attempt to get better service from our ISP.


    I realize this isn't really the place to lodge a complaint with Microsoft, but it sure would be nice if they (and other international software companies) would consider those of us who do not live in Redmond, Chattanooga, or other places with light-speed internet connections when they set things up.

    Thanks....
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,519
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       06 Sep 2015 #2

    Hi Phydeaux, I remember using one of these along long time ago:
    Five Best Bandwidth Limiter/Shaper Software | DiggFreeware.com

    If you can work out or discover the process active during an update download, you could use one of these to set a limit, assuming there's one that is compatible with Win 10.

    Now you'll have to look at each of these to see if any indication can be generated.

    Hope that helps a little.
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  3. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,519
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       06 Sep 2015 #3

    Another Best Network Bandwidth Monitor Software | DiggFreeware.com
    - here Networx (freeware) is supposed to offer 'traffic alerting' whatever that is
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  4. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       07 Nov 2015 #4

    dalchina said: View Post
    Another Best Network Bandwidth Monitor Software | DiggFreeware.com
    - here Networx (freeware) is supposed to offer 'traffic alerting' whatever that is
    I have used Networx for many years on systems from XP up to Win 10 (skipped Vista tho) with no problems. It is unobtrusive and easy to use.

    However, the reason I am viewing this thread is that on one of my Win 10 machines I have started getting BSODs and all of the dump files reference Networx as the process causing them. So I am looking for alternatives.

    The odd thing is that my other Win 10 machine also runs Networx with no problems. Funny beasts, computers ain't they?
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  5. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,536
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       07 Nov 2015 #5

    [QUOTE=Phydeaux Speaks;376614]I realize this isn't really the place to lodge a complaint with Microsoft, but it sure would be nice if they (and other international software companies) would consider those of us who do not live in Redmond, Chattanooga, or other places with light-speed internet connections when they set things up./QUOTE]
    Since you mentioned that I'd add Web page designers that forget many of us don't have the latest and greatest big monitors, makes having to scroll left or right rather tiresome.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 97
    Dual boot: Win 10 Home; Win 8.1 Pro
       08 Nov 2015 #6

    I have a similar situation.

    What I have done is turn on metered connection, even though my connection is not metered. On Patch Tuesday night I turn off the metered connection before I go to bed. Wednesday morning I restart and turn the connection back to metered.

    Microsoft really should have considered that not everyone has broadband. Sooner or later the people who usually wind up with the issues that the forced updates were intended to address will all turn off automatic updates and we'll be back to square one.

    In the meantime I can do without WinUpdate taking ALLLLLLL the broadband in the middle of a VOIP call for work. I have observed there is supposed to be a mechanism that actually trickle downloads updates but my bandwidth apparently isn't always over whatever the trickle download threshold is. So sometimes WinUpdate thinks its trickling when it's taking all of my download bandwidth, or so large of a percentage that the little it leaves me is useless.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 2
    Windows 10
       08 Nov 2015 #7

    PlatypusKnight said: View Post
    What I have done is turn on metered connection, even though my connection is not metered. On Patch Tuesday night I turn off the metered connection before I go to bed. Wednesday morning I restart and turn the connection back to metered.
    Oh, that's a good idea (although it seems that here in Central America we don't always get the updates as soon as y'all in the US).


    PlatypusKnight said: View Post
    I have observed there is supposed to be a mechanism that actually trickle downloads updates but my bandwidth apparently isn't always over whatever the trickle download threshold is. So sometimes WinUpdate thinks its trickling when it's taking all of my download bandwidth, or so large of a percentage that the little it leaves me is useless.
    That's exactly the problem we have here. The WinUpdates on my computer are taking all of the home bandwidth, leaving none for my spouse's (non-Windows) computer.

    Sure would like to know where resides that 'trickle download mechanism' and how one might adjust the settings.
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  8. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 97
    Dual boot: Win 10 Home; Win 8.1 Pro
       08 Nov 2015 #8

    Phydeaux Speaks said: View Post
    Oh, that's a good idea (although it seems that here in Central America we don't always get the updates as soon as y'all in the US).
    You can pick any day of the week. Fridays is good. Also, I know that I'm not always up to date because of my ad hoc update system, but I'll live with that unless Ars Technica or some other site starts freaking out about a zero day exploit that everyone needs to patch today.


    Phydeaux Speaks said: View Post
    Sure would like to know where resides that 'trickle download mechanism' and how one might adjust the settings.
    Would sure make my life just a tad less complicated (and my computer a bit more safe) if we did know where that is indeed
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