Every Windows Update that is rolled out, includes programs and applications that contain packages with exceptionally large files. As such, downloading and distributing these updates can consume a sizeable amount of network resources on the devices receiving them. It is for this reason; Microsoft has introduced the Delivery Optimization feature to moderate bandwidth consumption. In this post, we will see how to specify the Absolute Bandwidth that can be used for downloading Windows Updates.
Delivery Optimization enables Windows 10 users to distribute the work of downloading packages with large files among multiple devices in a deployment. While you could limit the Windows Update bandwidth in percentage terms, you can mention the absolute values too.
By default, we’re dynamically optimizing the amount of bandwidth your device uses to both download and upload Windows and app updates, and other Microsoft products. But you can set a specific limit if you’re worried about data usage.
Limit Absolute bandwidth that can be used to download Windows Updates
To limit the Absolute bandwidth that can be used to download Windows Updates, do the following:
- Open Settings.
- Navigate to Update & Security.
- Choose Delivery Optimization.
- Click the Advanced Options link.
- Limit bandwidth for downloading updates.
- Limit bandwidth for Upload Settings.
- Limit bandwidth for uploading updates to other PCs on the Internet.
By default, Windows 10 has options configured to dynamically optimize the amount of bandwidth your device uses to both download and upload Windows and app updates and other Microsoft products. However, you can change and define the limit if you’re worried about your data usage.
Click the Start button, choose ‘Settings’, and select ‘Update & Security’ option.
Next, choose the ‘Delivery optimization’ option and switch to the right-panel.
There, click the ‘Advanced options’ link present at the bottom of the screen.
Now, check the ‘Absolute bandwidth’ circle to configure how much bandwidth is used for
- Downloading updates in the background.
- Downloading updates in the foreground.
The values are expressed in megabits per second (Mbps). You can also specify the same in terms of percentage value by checking the Percentage circle.
Once done, your settings will be saved instantly and applied. Simply close the Settings app and return to your work.
Thus with the new Absolute Bandwidth options, Windows 10 2004 users can more granular control over their data limits and its usage.
Read next: How to manage the Data Usage Limit on Windows 10.