Be sure to seed or the Windows 10 Update will take longer for some Users
A few days ago, on the 29th f July to be precise, Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 so that everyone around the world could finally upgrade his PC to Windows 10 for free. The Windows 10 Upgrade was a huge success, if you have look at the numbers you can see that 16 upgrades have been made each second on the 29th July. Now 16 upgrades per second, what does that mean? Well this means that Microsoft has acquired 40 Tbps bandwidth with all the Windows 10 upgrades from CDNs in order to be well prepared for such a huge mass of downloads, and that really is a lot.
Because there were so much users upgrading their current Windows PC to Windows 10 Microsoft has used a method which some of you may know because it is also a common thing for Torrents. A torrent basically consists of Seeds and Peers, if you download a file via a Torrent Client you are not downloading it from one specific server like if you download something from OneDrive or similar services. The file is saved on multiple PC’s and you are actually downloading it from multiple PC at the same time. These PC’s where you are downloading the files from are called Seeds, Seeds do always have the full file downloaded already. In this case you would then be a Peer which has not downloaded the full file yet. This brings the advantage that even if millions of people are downloading the same file at the same time it will not hurt the speed of the download since it is downloading from multiple PC’s. It brings also the ability to choose from the best connections in order to be able to download even faster, Microsoft did the same with Windows 10.
Millions of people have upgraded there PC to Windows 10 on day one and therefor Microsoft has implemented this torrent principle in Windows 10 in order to be able to offer a lot faster downloads for the Windows 10 Upgrade file which is between 3GB and 4GB. The only problem with this is, that it might have been better if Microsoft would have implemented a quick question where the user gets asked whether he wants to share his downloaded Windows 10 Upgrade files or not. Though this made the Upgrade process a lot easier and faster for dozens of users out there and this basically doesn’t bring any disadvantages for you. The only disadvantage might be that it uses some of your bandwidth, however it is intelligent enough to know when you need all the bandwidth you have and when not.
This is a completely new way how Updates are downloaded in Windows 10 and this will be used also for future updates. Very helpfu for bigger updates like the day one pacth was which had more than 1GB. Though you can turn this of in the settings app if you do not like this feature. Therefor you have to open the settings app and then go to ‘Updates & Security’ once you are there click on ‘Advanced Options’ in order too choose how updates are installed. Apart from setting Windows Update and download Updates from other PC’s on the Internet you can also choose to share Updates on your local network which is very helpful since then you will have to download Updates only on one PC and then they will be share to all other PC’S in the same household.
So what do you think of this Seeds/Peers thing for Updates which Microsoft has silently introduced with Windows 10, should the company have pointed out during the upgrade process how updates are downloaded? Dro me a comment below with your opinion and stay tuned for future information about Windows 10 and new Windows 10 Mobile devices from Microsoft.