Windows 10 Quick Tips – Updates Sharing

Is Windows Sharing Your Updates?

Microsoft Sharing Your Internet Connection

microsoft-logoWhen Windows 10 updates your computer some of your updates may be coming from another person’s computer and not directly from Microsoft’s servers. The reverse may also be true– other people may be receiving their updates from your computer. This all happens in the background and many computer users are totally unaware of it.

With the exception of the Enterprise and Education versions of Windows, these settings are enabled by default.

According to the Windows Update Delivery Optimization FAQ web site, Microsoft says the setting does not download or send a user’s personal content. They also say the feature can provide for faster transfer of updates and Apps, especially for those with an unreliable Internet connection. To top things off, Microsoft says, “Delivery Optimization doesn’t access your personal files or folders or change any files on your PC.”

That all sounds mighty fine on paper, but what if one of the shared computers is infected with a nasty virus and some of the updates are corrupted somehow? Do they provide a fool-proof method of testing for this? Of course not. There is no such thing as “fool-proof” in the computer world, and this is particularly true where Malware is concerned.

There are a couple of settings you can use to change this behavior and this week’s Quick Tips article will show you how.

How To Change The Windows Updates Sharing Settings

  1. Type the WinKey + I Hotkey combination to open the Settings App
  2. Choose Update & security
  3. In the right panel choose Advanced options
  4. In the next window, click on Choose how updates are delivered

That should bring you to this screen:


Here, you have the choice of toggling Update Sharing On or Off.

If you enable this setting, then you can choose between allowing Windows to share Updates only on your local network, or with every connected person in the world (that’s what “PCs on the Internet” means). The choice is yours.

I prefer to get my updates from the Microsoft servers. By using that single source, if anything nasty or broken finds its way onto my computer, I at least know where it came from.

As always, if you have any  helpful comments and/or suggestions, please share them with us,


About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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