Set Windows 10 to download updates from the local network or the internet

Traditionally, the updates for any Windows device were delivered directly from Microsoft's Windows Update servers. While this is the most secure way of getting untampered files, it's not the fastest delivery method that you can use. Windows 10 computers and devices can connect to each other and get updates not only from Microsoft’s dedicated servers, but also from other Windows 10 devices that have already downloaded parts of the updates. In this tutorial we will show you how to set Windows 10 to get updates from multiple sources, including your local network and the internet:

NOTE: The screenshots used in this article are from Windows 10 with Anniversary Update. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of August 2, 2016.

How to open Windows Update in Windows 10

In order to set Windows 10 to get updates from multiple sources, not just from Microsoft's servers, you will first need to open Windows Update. To do that, you need to start the Settings app. One quick way is to press Windows + I on your keyboard. In the Settings app, click or tap on Update & security.

The first section is Windows Update and it should be opened automatically. If it’s not, click or tap on it.

How to set Windows 10 to get updates from multiple sources

On the right pane of the Windows Update section, click or tap on Advanced options.

The Advanced options window lets you configure everything there is to configure about how Windows Update works. At the end of the main section of settings, which is called “Choose how updates are installed” , you will find a link that lets you Choose how updates are delivered”. Click or tap on it.

Now we've reached a place called “Updates from more than one place”. As you will see, the first thing on this page is a switch that lets you select whether you want to “Download Windows updates and apps from other PCs in addition to Microsoft. This can help speed up app and update downloads”. We recommend that you enable this option.

However, as Windows Update states, you should know that, if you turn it on, “your PC may also send parts of previously downloaded updates and apps to PCs on your local network, or PCs on the Internet, depending on what’s selected below”. Read on to see which are the options you get for downloading Windows Updates on your computer or device.

If the aforementioned switch is On , Windows 10 will get updates not only from Microsoft's servers, but also from other sources, like other Windows 10 PCs from your network or even other Windows 10 PCs worldwide, using peer-to-peer connections on the internet.

By default, Windows 10 enables downloads of updates only from other PCs from your local network. However, if you want to get updates also from other Windows 10 computers on the internet, select “PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet”.

Your Windows 10 device will now get updates not only from Microsoft servers, but also from other computers, be they on your local network, or connected to the internet. It’s your choice!

Conclusion

As you can see, configuring a Windows 10 device to get updates from multiple sources is easy. The main advantage of such an approach is obvious: faster downloads for Windows updates. Secondly, new Windows 10 upgrades and builds are delivered mainly through Windows Update. Because of that, it makes sense for Microsoft to offer us new means of downloading updates to our computers and devices, bypassing their servers, which at some point, could become overloaded . Will you configure your Windows 10 PC to download updates from the internet, or do you feel safer to download them only from Microsoft’s servers? Use the comments below to share your opinions with us.