Windows 10 and 11 allow you to limit the network bandwidth used by Windows Update while downloading updates. The following article will show you how to limit the network bandwidth being used by Windows Update.
How to change network bandwidth settings for Windows Updates
You can easily adjust the network bandwidth used by Windows Updates. Do the following:
1. Launch the Settings app through the Start menu.
2. Navigate to Windows Update > Advanced options.
3. In Advanced options, select Delivery Optimization, and then select Advanced options again.
4. In Download settings, you can choose between Absolute Bandwidth or Percentage of measured bandwidth. Absolute Bandwidth means specifying how much Mbps of bandwidth Windows Update is allowed to use. On the other hand, if you choose Percentage of measured bandwidth, you will have to choose a percentage of the updated source.
5. For your desired download configuration, adjust foreground and background download bandwidth.
6. Similarly, you can limit the network bandwidth used to upload updates to other PCs on your network in the Upload settings section.
Once you’ve configured your network bandwidth, you can easily monitor how much data is being used by Windows Update through Activity Monitor, which you can access from the Delivery Optimization menu.
Windows updates are handy, but they often eat up a lot of your bandwidth. Now you know how to better manage the amount of Windows Update download data at any given time.