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How to stop sharing your Windows 10 updates with everybody

File this one under “How did I miss that?”

The other night I discovered something curious. Playing with settings, I made a discovery that should have been pretty obvious and as I looked it up online I couldn’t help but start wondering: Did you know Windows 10 shares itself over a peer to peer network? That’s right. Windows 10, by default will share instances of it’s installer files with your home network and even other PC users. This is by design and is intended to take the load of Microsoft Servers, in some cases reducing the amount of data you have to initially download because the files get shared with other devices on the network.

The potential downside to this? You’re sharing data with other users and those of you with data caps may find yourself hitting your limits sooner rather than later. I wasn’t worried about the cap so much as the extra data trickle that did appear to impact my already very busy connection.

Don’t like the idea of using your connection for P2P sharing of Windows 10? Shut it off by following these steps:

1. Click Start

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network
2. Click Settings

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network
3. Click Update & Security

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network
4. Make sure Windows Update is selected and click Advanced Options

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network
5. Click Choose how updates are delivered

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network

6. Here, you will have two options;

  1. PCs on my local network
  2. PCs on my local network, and PCs on the internet.

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network

7. PCs on my local network, and PCs on the internet will be selected by default.

  • To turn this off, select the PCs on my local network option.

Windows 10 updates over a P2P style network

Close the window when done. The setting is saved automatically.

You also have the option to shut your personal network sharing off completely, but I’m okay with my own computers sharing with each other. After all, they are family.

How is your Windows 10 experience? Feeling in the dark about some things? Are you happy with it overall? Let me know in the comments!

All aboard!

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