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Windows 10 secretly uses your bandwidth to distribute updates to other people

Windows 10 secretly uses your bandwidth to distribute updates to other people
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One of Microsoft's new features to prevent hacking and computer viruses is also causing an unexpected headache, especially if you have limited bandwidth. (If you're not sure, keep reading.)

Microsoft's brand new operating system, Windows 10, automatically downloads and installs updates and security patches. That's a good thing because it keeps your computer safe.

To help out with delivering patches, Microsoft is using a system called Windows Update Delivery Optimization. In a nutshell, Microsoft is using your Internet connection to update other people's computers.

Here's how it works: Microsoft employs something called a torrent to speed up downloads. You might know torrenting as the main way people pirate movies and software, but the basic technology is legal and very useful.

Next page: How it works and how to turn it off
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