Windows 10: Windows 10 uses your bandwidth to send other people updates

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  1.    05 Aug 2015 #1

    Windows 10 uses your bandwidth to send other people updates


    Windows 10 launched on July 29 to much fanfare ó itís a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users ó but along with the privacy issues, thereís another small thing you should check: by default, Windows 10 uses your internet connection to share updates with others across the internet.
    The feature, called Windows Update Delivery Optimization is designed to help users get updates faster and is enabled by default in Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education have the feature enabled, but only for the local network.
    Itís basically how torrents work: your computer is used as part of a peer to peer network to deliver updates faster to others. Itís a great idea, unless your connection is restricted.

    Code:
    http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2015/07/30/windows-10-steals-your-bandwidth-to-send-other-people-updates/
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  2. Posts : 487
    Windows 7/64 Professional
       05 Aug 2015 #2

    Very scary. Sounds like a P2P method.
    Hackers love P2P.
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  3.    05 Aug 2015 #3

    Yep, its kinda is, though that website I posted show how to disable that feature
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  4.    07 Aug 2015 #4

    I stumbled across that setting the other day and immediately thought that MS has added their own P2P system into W10 and since my bandwidth is already so slim, I really can't give it up to others on the internet so I just checked it to only my local network.

    I'm guessing with the forced updates that MS needs some way of doing this as now they're going to have to force feed tens of millions of Windows computers their updates in a reasonable amount of time of downloading although in the past I've always gotten great performance from downloading the updates on W7 and earlier, so my guess is rather how much they might save by doing this on their bandwidth bills.
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  5. Posts : 8
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       08 Aug 2015 #5

    I just disabled this feature.
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  6.    21 Aug 2015 #6

    yammo said: View Post
    I just disabled this feature.
    How does one disable it?

    I did read here that "the system has been switched on by default and can only be turned off by digging into advanced options under Windows Update, diving deep in update and then poking about in security and settings." ... but they didn't say how !

    UPDATE... More googling, found instructions here

    1.Open Settings
    2.Click on Update and Security
    3.Under Windows Update, click Advanced Options in the right side of Window
    4.Click on the Choose how upgrades are delivered and then move the slider to Off position, to disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization or WUDO.
    5.Move the slider to OFF so that the your PC cannot download updates from anywhere other than Microsoft servers; if you think you can afford to download updates from PCs on your network, keep the slider in ON position and select PCs On My Local Network

    There is another option there that says PCs on My Network and PCs on the Internet. It is selected by default and is used for Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

    You can choose it later if you wish to get updates faster and do not mind paying a bit of extra money on metered connections

    .
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  7.    21 Aug 2015 #7

    mediaman09 said: View Post
    How does one disable it?
    Windows flag -> Settings -> Windows Update -> Advanced Options -> Choose how updates are delivered -> Switch slider to OFF (optionally set to local network only if you want to as well before turning off).
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  8. Posts : 20,776
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       21 Aug 2015 #8
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  9.    21 Aug 2015 #9

    Excellent and thanks!
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  10.    21 Aug 2015 #10

    mediaman09 said: View Post
    How does one disable it?

    I did read here that "the system has been switched on by default and can only be turned off by digging into advanced options under Windows Update, diving deep in update and then poking about in security and settings." ... but they didn't say how !

    UPDATE... More googling, found instructions here

    1.Open Settings
    2.Click on Update and Security
    3.Under Windows Update, click Advanced Options in the right side of Window
    4.Click on the Choose how upgrades are delivered and then move the slider to Off position, to disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization or WUDO.
    5.Move the slider to OFF so that the your PC cannot download updates from anywhere other than Microsoft servers; if you think you can afford to download updates from PCs on your network, keep the slider in ON position and select PCs On My Local Network

    There is another option there that says PCs on My Network and PCs on the Internet. It is selected by default and is used for Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

    You can choose it later if you wish to get updates faster and do not mind paying a bit of extra money on metered connections

    .
    Excuse me , but why the FK would I want this enabled automatically? That is stupid beyond stupid.
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