I am curious about the practical effects of the Windows 10 setting for delivering windows updates using peer-to-peer downloading over the internet (as opposed to over just my local network).
That is, the setting
PCs on my local network, and PCs on the Internet under
Choose how updates are deliviered:
- When is this peer-to-peer uploading to PCs on the internet in effect? Will my PC participate in uploading to the internet at all times when it is turned on? Or is it limited to the times when my PC is actually downloading updates?
- Does enabling this option make the download significantly faster (compared to the option
PCs on my local network)? That is, do I personally gain something from enabling this, or am I just being generous?
This Microsoft FAQ is the most authoritative source I have found. It states
Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time
It would be interesting to know what "a short period of time" is.
The FAQ doesn't say anything about any time limit on when the uploading can take place, so I'm inclined to assume that it is always on.