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How to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update Download

How to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update Download



How to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update DownloadHow to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update Download - Windows require update to download its latest features at regular interval. The Windows update is untimely and consume a lot of data & time at background. There is no successful attempt to stop these updates. It will create boredom if your internet plan is limited. But we have a solution to protect you from leaking of whole internet data.

The solution is to set the time windows using group policy or registry editor to configure BITS settings. The BITS is the major factor which control the consumption level of internet data. The BITS stand for Background Intelligent Transfer Services. It is a process that transfer files between a client and server and shows progress info related to the transfer. BITS is commonly used by Windows to download the Windows Updates to the client's local system.


How to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update Download



By default, BITS transfers files in the background using only idle network bandwidth. BITS compete for the full bandwidth instead of available bandwidth on a slow network. BITS have no visibility of network traffic beyond the client. So, user need to use a System policy configuration to block BITS from using the bandwidth.


Procedure to limit bandwidth & Configure BITS settings



Open Registry Editor and navigate to the location below – HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\BITS.


How to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update Download

Right click on left side blank space and select New > DWORD value. Now create the following DWORDS and assign appropriate value.


How to limit Bandwidth for Windows 10 Update Download



  1. EnableBITSMaxBandwidth


  2. MaxBandwidthValidFrom


  3. MaxBandwidthValidTo


  4. MaxTransferRateOffSchedule


  5. MaxTransferRateOnSchedule.



This set of settings will block BITS completely between the hours shown in the image and beyond those hours BITS will use only 2 KBPS of the entire network bandwidth.  These values can be manipulated by the users as per their own preference. Similarly for Windows Pro edition, you can limit the network bandwidth for BITS background transfers using the Group Policy Editor.

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