If you're on a limited bandwidth plan you may want to disable it. BUT while it's true that it uses your bandwidth to distribute updates in a sort of bittorrent peer-to-peer manner, it also allows you to GET updates in this way. So leaving it enabled means the collective of the Internet will help you receive updates much more rapidly as well.
To turn it off, follow these steps:
* Search for “Check for updates” in the Start menu.
* Under “Windows Update” choose “Advanced options.”
* Under “Choose how updates are installed” click “Choose how updates are delivered.”
* Disable the toggle under “Updated from more than one place.”
Jason Wiley (Notorious J.A.Y.) says
Thanks for sharing. Still trying to work this out.
Travis Owens says
This is the smartest thing said on the subject. Not just "turn it off TURN IT OFF" yea well if you turn it off you can't get it via torrents, which is way faster.
Paul Spoerry says
Exactly. Clearly if you have data caps that might not be in your best interest. But peer-to-peer is pretty efficient so people need to stop with the chicken little, sky is falling crap, and just recognize it for what it is and that it's not evil by design but efficient by design. For most users this will be a good thing.
Thomas Wrobel says
Seems like a good idea to me.
Of course, many things have used similar systems to update.
Theres other issues with W10 in regards to privacy, but using p2p to help distribute their own data isn't one.