Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, it is very easy to see Windows Update bandwidth and prevent Windows 10 from using all of your Internet connection to download huge updates. Let's see how it can be done.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, also known as version 1709, adds the ability to limit the bandwidth available for Windows Update. So, when updating, Windows 10 will not kill your Internet speed, and you will be able to browse web sites, stream videos and do everything that requires bandwidth. This option will be much appreciated by users with a slow Internet connection. See
There is a special feature, Activity Monitor, which will allow you to see the overall bandwidth used by OS updates and Store App downloads. It also shows the amount of data coming from other PCs on the LAN and the Internet if this option is enabled in Settings.
These new features are part of Windows Update Delivery Optimization which lets you get updates and Windows Store apps from sources other than Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount of Internet bandwidth needed to keep all of your PCs up-to-date. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.
Let's see how to use Activity Monitor to measure your update bandwidth usage.
To see update bandwidth usage in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Update & security -> Windows Update.
- On the right, click Advanced options.
- On the next page, click the link Delivery Optimization at the bottom. See the screenshot below:
- Click on the Activity monitor link at the bottom. The following page will be opened:
There, you can see the overall bandwidth usage and download/upload speed for Windows Update packages and Store app updates.