How to Make Microsoft Download Updates Faster

Microsoft's updates for your operating system will often fix various software bugs, security exploits and even update your hardware drivers; all of these steps ensure that your system is consistently in an optimum state. This makes acquiring them regularly rather important; however, when it comes to bandwidth, they may not always receive first priority. Various file-sharing and antivirus programs can significantly impact the speed at which those updates are downloaded; you'll need to disable them to improve your network's performance.

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Start your computer, and log in to an account that is allowed to download Microsoft's updates.

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Close any running programs that could affect your Internet performance by right-clicking their icon in the taskbar and selecting "Exit" or "Close." These are usually torrenting or file-sharing programs. In addition, certain antivirus programs can severely reduce your network's performance; temporarily disable those as well.

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Unplug your modem from power, followed by your router if you use one. Plug in the modem and router in that order; this should effectively reset each.

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Disconnect all other computers from your network before attempting to download updates. You can do this by powering them all down.

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Stop using your computer while you're updating; very often your system will prioritize what you're currently doing over downloading updates, effectively slowing them down.

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Run "Windows Update" as you normally do and check if the performance has improved.