Blog: Windows Update Delivery Optimization

Another feature of Windows 10 that is getting a lot of heat on at present is Windows Update Delivery Optimization. This feature does two things, and is turned on by default.

  1. Helps you get windows updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable internet connections. It does this by either sending updates and apps between local PC’s on the LAN or from PC’s on the internet
  2. When Delivery Optimization is turned on your PC sends parts of apps or updates that have been downloaded using Delivery Optimization to other PC’s on LAN or on the internet

So did I read that right? Microsoft is going to use my PC to deliver Windows updates to other users on the internet? No way!

It makes perfect sense that if one of my PC’s has downloaded the latest set of updates, then yes, allow other PC’s on my home network to download them from that PC rather than from Microsoft, but to distribute them to unknowns on the internet, no that’s not happening.

So, this is how to find and configure Windows Update Delivery Optimization in Windows 10

Go to Start , then Settings > Update & security > Windows Update , and then select Advanced options.

On the Advanced options page, select Choose how updates are delivered, and then use the toggle to turn Delivery Optimization off. When turned off, you’ll still get updates and apps from Windows Update and from the Windows Store.

If you’d just like to stop downloading updates and apps from PCs on the Internet, select PCs on my local network.

Now, reading the information on Microsoft web site they confirm that no personal content can be downloaded and sent using Delivery Optimization, which I believe, however having this turned on by default just does not seem the right thing to do.

I hope this information allows you to make an informed decision about this feature

Thanks for reading

TSP Admin