How To: Stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers

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Windows 10 has a controversial new feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization. Of course, it is most definitely not the only controversial feature. Its purpose is to ensure a flawless delivery of system updates and besides Microsoft servers, it also relies on users’ computers to push these updates to other machines. So we completely understand if you want to stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers and we’re going to show you how to do it.

The Windows Update Delivery Optimization does have a purpose – if your Internet connection misbehaves or if Microsoft’s servers are overburdened, this feature will grab updates from other users’ computers via Internet or the network connection and ensure they will also reach your PC without delay.

The problem is,  the feature is toggled on by default so if you’re a privacy-conscious user I’m sure you will be bothered by this just as I am. There’s also the security issue of P2P file sharing so bottom line, Microsoft should have always made this an opt-in, not an opt-out.

Moreover, it’s not just system updates that are pushed to other users from your computer, as app updates are delivered the same way as well. Something you shouldn’t worry about (at least not in regards to Delivery Optimization) are your personal files and folders, which are not accessed by Delivery Optimization.

How to stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers

Now that you know all this, I’m pretty sure you’re going to want to stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers, so here is how you can disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization.

stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers

Navigate to Settings -> Update & Security.  Click on Advanced options.

Windows update settings - Advanced options

On the next screen, select ‘Choose how updates are delivered‘.

stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers

Here you can simply toggle off the switch to stop Windows 10 from uploading updates to other computers or you can check the radio button next to the ‘PCs on my local network‘ option, meaning you will share updates with other machines from your LAN but not with other computers via your Internet connection.

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