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This material is archived primarily from Email tips distributed to my own home computer friends here in Ocala, dated 2015-2017. Updates to this material are scheduled for CY 2018.

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Faster Computer Performance with Updated Retrieval Settings

Speeding Up Your Computer and Internet:

Windows 10 Update Retrieval Settings Can Make a Big Difference

If you're Windows 10 computer is slowing down - especially since recent updates during August, September or October - here is a possible explanation and recommended fix.

Microsoft has designed Windows 10 to turn your PC into a server for distributing updates to other machines besides your own.

This can slow down your machine, but it can be fixed by changing the system settings that govern retrieval and distribution updates.

Following is a brief summary of an article from PC World on how to make it stop. The original article is posted online at http://www.pcworld.com/article/2955491/windows/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-using-your-pcs-bandwidth-to-update-strangers-systems.html

Specifically, the P2P delivery option is the main issue. This mechanism enables updating of your computer via other computers other than Microsoft, and updating of other computers using your computer.

Theoretically this can speed up your own computer's downloading of updates, but the downside can be steep. Enabled P2P can eat into your bandwidth - which you pay for through your internet service provider. It can cost you in poor computer performance.

How to disable P2P updates in Windows 10:

Open the Start Menu

Select Settings

Click Updates & Security.

Selected Windows Update in the left-hand column - This may already be selected by default

Click Advanced Options in the main pane

Click on "Choose how updates are delivered"

If bottom line "PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet is selected, click in circle for line above that to select "PCs on my local network" only

Then click on capsule-shape switch above that, changing "On" (to right) to "Off" (to left)

If you're comfortable making minor changes like this in the Settings area, these tweeks should be pretty easy.

If you'd like to get some help with this, just call and I can help you with these Settings adjustments and whatever other clean-up or tune-up your computer needs.