Windows 10 updates will be much smaller from now to suit slow Internet speeds

The size reduction started with KB5036979.

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Windows 10 updates

Earlier this week, Windows 10 received the KB5036979 package that installed a series of security updates to the operating system. However, if you’ve noticed a faster download and install process, then you should know that it’s deliberate.

Microsoft just announced that starting with the KB5036979 package, all the Windows 10 quality and security updates will be much smaller. According to the official announcement, this is done to reduce the demands on users’ Internet networks.

Microsoft releases security and quality updates for Windows every month, resulting in a substantial amount of content that can quickly consume the network bandwidth of users operating on slower networks. To reduce the demands on your network, Microsoft is now taking a page from the Windows 11 playbook and reducing the size of Windows 10 update packages.


The Redmond-based tech giant says the updates will be smaller in size starting this month, and users should expect to get even smaller updates as time goes by.

Microsoft is bringing the same functionality to Windows 10, version 22H2, thereby decreasing the size of the monthly Latest Cumulative Update (LCU) package. This feature will be available starting with the April 23, 2024 (KB5036979) monthly release, which helps you and your organization to conserve network bandwidth.


The decision comes with a lot of benefits, including reduced bandwidth usage, faster downloads, minimized network traffic, and improved performance on slow connections. Basically, you can download Windows 10 updates with mobile data, anywhere, without having to worry that it’ll cost you too much.

Speaking of mobile data, you can now install Windows 11, and even Windows 10 on smartphones and even play games, thanks to a new software called Project Renegade. It currently runs on Android-based smartphones, so it’s not available on iOS, and it’s not that easy to install it, but it can be done.

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