Did you know that Windows 10 can grab updates from other computers, including yours? Here is how to turn that off.
Windows 10 is all about updates, that’s why one of its features is update delivery optimization. When Microsoft servers are busy, this feature turns your computer into an update-sharing hub, both within a local network or over the web. It is actually peer-to-peer file sharing.
And there may be a common sense – when there are problems with connection to Microsoft servers or you need your update right away, the feature is piece of magic. However, it is turned on by default, which means that your devices are used for an update distribution. For most users, this is nothing special, but for anyone with a limited Internet, where they pay for the bandwidth, it can be serious. Luckily, Delivery Optimization won’t run if you are using metered connection, which means that you will have to set tracking and limiting of the data you use on your Windows 10 device. Otherwise, it may exceed your data limit.
And here is another concern — security. Does this feature endanger your personal files? No, it can’t access your personal files or folders. It uses the same security measures as any Windows update from Windows Store and checks the authenticity of each part of the update.
So here is how to turn it off.
Go to Settings -> Update & Security button. In the Windows Update section -> Advanced options. And there Choose how updates are delivered. Toggle to off on Updates from more than one place. If you leave PCs on my local network, you will be able to receive updates from your local network and not from other users online.
With that done, you won’t send any data for all those Windows updates to other computers!
And remember – with Fixico, all these steps are unnecessary. Just right after the first system scanning, Fixico will notify you about any threats and will offer measures to make your computers work faster and stay secure. It will automatically manage your updates, and surely will turn off this feature.