How to 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 is 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 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 Fall Creators Update. This update is available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of October 17th, 2017. If the screenshots in this guide do not match with what you see on your screen, then you have a different version of Windows 10. To learn which version you have, read this guide: What version, edition, and type of Windows 10 do I have installed?

How to share updates between Windows 10 computers on the local network

To set Windows 10 to get updates from multiple sources, not just from Microsoft's servers, you 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 is not, click or tap on it. On the right pane of the Windows Update section, click or tap the Advanced options link, under Update settings.

The Advanced options window lets you configure everything there is to set about how Windows Update works.

You see options for choosing when updates are installed and about pausing updates. To learn more about these options and how they work, read this tutorial: How to delay or pause Windows 10 updates for a while.

Towards the bottom of Advanced options, there is a link that says "Delivery Optimization." Click or tap on it.

Now you get access to options for how Windows 10 downloads updates from the internet and the local network. First, turn on the switch that says "Allow downloads from other PCs." Then, choose one of the two options:

  • "PCs on my local network"
  • "PCs on my local network, and PCs on the internet"

However, as Windows Update states, you should know that, if you turn it on, "your PC may send parts of previously downloaded Windows updates and apps to PCs on your local network or PCs on the internet. Your PC won't upload content to other PCs on the Internet when you're on a metered network."

When these transfers are enabled, Windows 10 updates are exchanged between computers and devices using peer-to-peer connections.

Your Windows 10 device now gets 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 not that complicated. 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 or slow. 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.