This article was originally posted on techkoji, “Stop Windows 10 from using your Upload Bandwidth”, to read the full article please click here. All pictures included in this post are from techkoji’s original article.
The latest update from Windows includes a Peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing element. Essentially Windows creates a network between your Windows files and the Internet to increase exposure to the update. Techkhoji explains, “Windows 10 basically turns your PC into a file sharing server in [the] background like uTorrent”. This network allows for automatic sharing unless you manually disable it.
P2P is brilliant and is a really interesting way for software to be passed between computers. But as a serious downside – it may cause bandwidth issues and security weaknesses that may increase hacking potential.
Here’s are the steps you can take to prevent your computer from being used in this way:
- Open “Settings”
- Select “Update & Security”
- Select “Windows Update”
- Select “Advanced Options”
- Select “choose how updates are delivered”
- Choose if you would like to turn off P2P sharing completely or limit the P2P transfer to PCs that use your local network
Step One & Two: In Settings choose “Update & Security”
Step 3 & 4: In Update and Security choose “Windows Update” and then “Advanced Options”
Step 5: Select “Choose how updates are delivered”
Step 6: Decide if you would like to allow P2P to work for your limited network or not at all.