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Change Delivery Optimization Cache Drive for Windows and Store App Updates in Windows 10

Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows and Store app updates from sources in addition to Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount of Internet bandwidth needed to keep all of your PCs up-to-date. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.

When configuring Delivery Optimization on Windows 10 devices, the first and most important thing to configure is the Download mode, which dictates how Delivery Optimization downloads Windows updates.

You can choose to download updates only from Microsoft, Microsoft and PCs on your local network, or Microsoft and PCs on your local network and internet.

When Delivery Optimization is turned on, your PC sends parts of apps or updates that you’ve downloaded using Delivery Optimization to other PCs on your local network, or on the Internet, depending on your settings.

Delivery Optimization uses locally cached updates. In cases where devices have ample local storage and you would like to cache more content, or if you have limited storage and would like to cache less, use the following settings to adjust the Delivery Optimization cache to suit your scenario:

  • Max Cache Size and Absolute Max Cache Size control the amount of space the Delivery Optimization cache can use.
  • Max Cache Age controls the retention period for each update in the cache.
  • The system drive is the default location for the Delivery Optimization cache. The Modify Cache Drive policy allows administrators to change that location.

This tutorial will show you how to change the cache location used by Delivery Optimization for Windows and Store app updates in Windows 10.

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How to Specify How Windows and Store App Updates are Downloaded in Windows 10

Windows Update Delivery Optimization lets you get Windows and Store app updates from sources in addition to Microsoft. This can help you get updates and apps more quickly if you have a limited or unreliable Internet connection. And if you own more than one PC, it can reduce the amount of Internet bandwidth needed to keep all of your PCs up-to-date. Delivery Optimization also sends updates and apps from your PC to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet.

You can choose to download updates only from Microsoft, Microsoft and PCs on your local network, or Microsoft and PCs on your local network and internet.

Delivery Optimization works in two ways.

Download updates and apps from other PCs

In addition to downloading updates and apps from Microsoft, Windows will get updates and apps from other PCs that already have them. You can choose which PCs you get these updates from:

PCs on your local network. When Windows downloads an update or app, it will look for other PCs on your local network that have already downloaded the update or app using Delivery Optimization. Windows then downloads parts of the file from those PCs and parts of the file from Microsoft. Windows doesn’t download the entire file from one place. Instead, the download is broken down into smaller parts. Windows uses the fastest, most reliable download source for each part of the file.

PCs on your local network and PCs on the Internet. Windows uses the same process as when getting updates and apps from PCs on your local network, and also looks for PCs on the Internet that can be used as a source to download parts of updates and apps.

Send updates and apps to other PCs

When Delivery Optimization is turned on, your PC sends parts of apps or updates that you’ve downloaded using Delivery Optimization to other PCs on your local network, or on the Internet, depending on your settings.

If you like, you can set a policy to specify the download method that Delivery Optimization can use in downloads of Windows Updates and Microsoft Store App updates. When you specify a download mode, it prevents choosing a download method for Delivery Optimization in Settings.

This tutorial will show you how to specify a download mode for Delivery Optimization of Windows and Microsoft Store app updates in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Show More Windows Update Restart Notifications in Windows 10

Windows Update keeps Windows 10 updated by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Sometimes it may be required to restart your PC to finish installing an update.

You can set the time in which you are most active on your device by adjusting active hours. Active Hours lets Windows know when you usually use this device. When a restart is necessary to finish installing an update, Windows won’t automatically restart your device during active hours.

When a restart is scheduled, you can use a custom restart time to temporarily override active hours and schedule a custom time to finish installing the current update(s). When your PC restarts on the scheduled custom time, custom restart time will automatically be turned off, and Windows Update will only restart outside of active hours again. You can also manually turn off custom restart time at anytime if you change your mind.

Starting with Windows 10 build 15019, you can now enable to show more notifications about restarting you PC for updates to help keep you informed about scheduled restart times.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off showing more Windows Update restart notifications for your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Turn On or Off Pause Updates on Windows 10 Mobile Phone

Windows Update keeps your Windows 10 Mobile phone updated by downloading and installing the latest updates released by Microsoft.

Starting with Windows 10 Mobile build 15007, you can temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 35 days. Some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to pause updates in Windows Update for up to 35 days on your Windows 10 Mobile phone.

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How to Turn On or Off Pause Updates in Windows 10

Windows Update keeps Windows 10 updated by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Starting with the leaked Windows 10 Creators Update build 14997, you can temporarily pause updates from being installed for up to 35 days. Some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to pause updates in Windows Update for up to 35 days in Windows 10.

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How to Create a Check for updates in Windows Update shortcut in Windows 10

Microsoft has made it easier for Windows Update to keep Windows 10 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest features and improvements, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft—and with fewer interruptions and restarts when you’re using your PC the most. The latest updates will automatically download and install when they’re available. (Unless you’re on a metered connection, then updates won’t download until you manually check for updates.)

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a Check for updates shortcut that will open directly to Windows Update and automatically check for updates in Windows 10.

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How to Read Windows Update Logs in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 9926, Windows Update logs are no longer saved to “%windir%\Windowsupdate.log”.

Windows Update client now uses Event Tracing for Windows (ETW) to generate diagnostic logs saved as .etl files in the “%windir%\Logs\WindowsUpdate” folder. This method improves performance and reduces disk space usage. However, the logs are not immediately readable as written.

This tutorial will show you how to read the Windows Update logs for your Windows 10 PC.

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How to Enable or Disable Check for Windows Updates in Windows 10

Microsoft has made it easier for Windows Update to keep Windows 10 updated by automatically downloading and installing the latest features and improvements, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft—and with fewer interruptions and restarts when you’re using your PC the most. The latest updates will automatically download and install when they’re available. (Unless you’re on a metered connection, then updates won’t download until you manually check for updates.)

Microsoft releases important updates every second Tuesday once a month, known as Patch Tuesday. However, updates could be released at any time.

Windows 10 will automatically check for new Windows Updates at the time you have set in automatic maintenance.

You can select to also receive updates for other Microsoft products like Office in Windows Update.

Occasionally, your PC may need to restart to finish installing the updates. You can set active hours to let Windows know when you’re usually using your PC to help prevent inconvenient restarts. When a restart is scheduled, you can use a custom restart time to temporarily override active hours and schedule a custom time to finish installing the current update(s).

Starting in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14931, a new policy is available that allows you to remove access to scan Windows Update.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable to manually check for updates in Windows Update for all users in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Windows Update Settings context menu in Windows 10

Windows Update helps keep your PC safer and your software current by automatically downloading and installing important and critical updates for Windows from Microsoft via the Internet.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove a Windows Update Settings desktop context menu for all users to quickly check for updates, view update history, set restart options, and set advanced options in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Use sign in info to auto finish setting up device after update in Windows 10

When you update to a new Windows 10 build, you must sign in before it finishes the install by default.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14291, you can now turn on or off to use your sign in info to automatically finish setting up your device after an update.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to use your sign in info to automatically finish setting up your device after an update in Windows 10.

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Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

By default, Windows 10 will automatically download and install drivers in Windows Update when they are available.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328, there’s a new policy included that you can use to enable or disable to include drivers with Windows updates.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable including driver updates in Windows Update in Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Windows Update Active Hours in Windows 10

Windows Update keeps Windows 10 updated by downloading and installing the latest updates, drivers, and hotfixes released by Microsoft.

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14316, you can now set the time in which you are most active on your device by adjusting active hours. Active hours lets Windows know when you usually use this device. When a restart is necessary to finish installing an update, Windows won’t automatically restart your device during active hours.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the active hours feature of Windows Update in Windows 10.

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How to Turn On or Off Give Updates for Other Microsoft Products in Windows 10

In Windows 10, updates will be automatically downloaded and installed whenever they’re available. (Unless you’re on a metered connection, in which case the updates won’t download until you opt to get them.)

You can select to also receive updates for other Microsoft products like Office in Windows Update.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows on your Windows 10 PC.

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