How to Make Microsoft Download Updates Faster

By Garrett Genet

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Sometimes download speeds are simply limited by the amount of bandwidth you're paying for. You may need to contact your Internet Service Provider to increase the amount of available bandwidth.