How to Limit Windows Update Bandwidth (Download Speed)

If Windows update is using up all the available bandwidth, follow these steps to limit Windows update download speed or bandwidth.

Microsoft releases an update for almost all versions of Windows 10 at least once a week. To be specific, you can expect a new update every Tuesday. When there is an update, Windows 10 will try to automatically download and install it as soon as possible. By default, Windows 10 will use as much available bandwidth as possible to download the update. Of course, if you are doing something network-intensive, like streaming, Windows 10 is able to intelligently limit itself from using up all the bandwidth and hampering your other activities.

Though Windows 10 is pretty good at controlling itself from using up all the available bandwidth, sometimes it doesn’t work as it should. In those cases, you can manually set a limit to how much bandwidth Windows Update uses. For example, if you have a 10Mbps connection, you can limit Windows update to use only 5Mbps. That way, you can still use the other 5Mbps bandwidth without problems.

The good thing is, Windows 10 makes it easy to limit Windows update bandwidth via the Delivery Optimization page in the Settings app. Without any delay, follow the steps below to limit Windows update download speed or bandwidth using the Settings app.

Limit Windows Update Bandwidth or Download Speed

To limit Windows update bandwidth, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the “Update & Security” page.
  3. Select “Delivery optimization” tab on the left panel.
  4. Click on the “Advanced options” link.
  5. Choose “Absolute bandwidth” option.
  6. Select “Limit bandwidth used for downloading updates in the background” checkbox.
  7. Set the bandwidth in Mbps.
  8. Select “Limit bandwidth used for downloading updates in the foregroun” checkbox.
  9. Set the bandwidth in Mbps.
  10. Close the settings app.
  11. Restart Windows 10.

Press the “Start key + I” shortcut to open the Settings app. In the Settings app, go to the “Update & Security -> Delivery Optimization” page. On the right panel, click on the “Advanced options” link.

Under the “Download Settings” section, select the “Absolute bandwidth” option. After that, select the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background” checkbox and set the bandwidth in the available field.

Next, select the “Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground” checkbox and set the bandwidth in the available field.

If you don’t want to set hard limits, you can select the “Percentage of measured bandwidth” option and use the sliders to set how much bandwidth can Windows update use. One thing to keep in mind is that Windows will automatically test and determine what your actual bandwidth is. You have no control over it. That is one of the reasons why recommend you stick with the “Absolute bandwidth” option.

Finally, close the Settings app and restart Windows 10. After restarting, Windows Update will honor the bandwidth settings and limits itself.

That is all. It is that simple to limit Windows update bandwidth or download speed in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to show download speed on taskbar.

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