Windows 10 lets you set up absolute bandwidth limits for updates

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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Windows 10 users have been complaining about the Windows Update process ever since the OS was initially released back in 2015.

Thankfully, Microsoft is now determined to improve the way Windows updates are installed on your machines.

Microsoft plans to give Windows users more control over the download process starting with Windows 10 20H1. Microsoft is currently testing a new feature named Advanced Bandwidth Settings in one of the latest Insider builds.

You must be thinking that Windows 10 users can currently adjust bandwidth limits. So what’s new about this feature? Users can now set an absolute value to restrict the download speed in the Windows Update section.

Twitter user Albacore spotted the feature in the recent Fast Ring Insider Preview builds. As you can see, users need to enter the value in Mbps to enable this new feature.

Windows 10 20H1 allows users to limit the bandwidth consumed during the Windows Update process. However, these controls are not enabled by default and users need to manually enable this new Windows Update feature. Microsoft explains that:

By default, we’re dynamically optimizing the amount of bandwidth your device uses to both download and upload Windows and app updates, and other Microsoft products. But you can set a specific limit if you’re worried about data usage.

Windows 10 19H2 is scheduled for release in the next few months.

What does this mean for users?

Your entire bandwidth will not be consumed for Windows updates once you adjust these advanced bandwidth settings.

The feature allows you to set a specific percentage of your bandwidth that Windows Update can use. The feature can be a lifesaver for users who are using slow internet connections.

Many Windows 10 users often complain about slow speeds while updating their Windows 10 PCs on Wi-Fi. Many Windows 10 users are eagerly waiting for this feature to hit the general public. As one Twitter user said:

That’s awesome! I don’t need to use third party program to limit Internet speed.

If you want to access the new Windows 10 20H1 preview builds, you need to enroll in the Windows Insider program.


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