Your PC May Have Been Uploading Windows 10 to Others without You Knowing It

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Windows 10 upgraders may not be aware of a new addition to Windows that has the features of a torrent client. It’s called Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO).

WUDO is a peer-to-peer delivery system that allows Microsoft to upload the Windows 10 bits stored on your system to PCs around the world. It is an ingenious way to spread the load of distributing Windows updates and also apps. Unfortunately, it is enabled by default on most home systems and not everybody is happy about that. If you are concerned about using your upload bandwidth or just leery about connecting to a bunch of unknown computers, here is how to disable WUDO.

  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Click or tap “Settings”
  3. Select "Update & security"
  4. In the left-side pane, select “Windows Update”
  5. In the right-side pane, select “Advanced options”
  6. In the new right-side pane that opens, select “Choose how updates are delivered”
  7. The graphic below displays the window that will open and shows the default settings. Use the slider (highlighted in yellow in the graphic) to turn WUDO off.

Settings for WUDO in Windows 10

Some additional information about WUDO can be found in this post.

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How nice of MS to spread this little xxx around for FREE. I figured there had to be some kind of catch. I'm glad I decided to wait for the "bugs" to get worked out. I'm thinking perhaps I'd better wait 10 or 11 months before downloading the "free" Windows 10. Or perhaps it's time to start buying retail versions, but those might be bugged as well.

I recall MS stepping up to the plate and issuing a fix to fix the Sony fix, that was supposed to fix the Sony fix, that was supposed to fix the Sony rootkit. Now it sound like the MS heroism may have just been a big confidence scam as I am sure MS new full well that this little update bot scam would eventually crash and burn. Makes me wonder what other little blunders they've got in store for us.

At first I thought, this almost seems illegal, M/S using my OS to spread their crapola around on my dime. Then I remembered, it's their OS. At least they graciously allow me to turn it off so I don't have to break the terms of my legally binding agreement by reverse engineering.

That's funny. Microsoft already got you as a beta tester for 10, now they have you as a distributor. I only think it's funny because I don't use it.
I torrent Linux distros, but I have to opt in, of course. It's the least I can do to help spread Linux. The problem is that I have cable internet, and the upload is a tenth the speed of the download.