Starting with Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, Microsoft streamlined the update delivery pipeline on Windows to require less time and bandwidth. This is called Delivery Optimisations and all updates from Windows, Microsoft Store and other Microsoft content come through this.
In this article, we’re looking at how to disable Windows Delivery Optimisation in Windows 11.
Disabling Delivery Optimisation
There are four ways you can disable Delivery Optimisation on Windows 11.
Using Windows settings
This is the simplest way of disabling the feature. Follow along with these steps.
Step 1: Press Windows key + I to open Windows Settings. Click on Windows Update.
Step 2: Click Advanced options.
Step 3: Click Delivery Optimisation.
Step 4: Disable the Allow downloads from other PCs option.
Now restart your PC for the changes to take effect. Note that if the option is disabled for you, that’s likely because your organisation manages your PC and the IT administrator requires the feature to be enabled.
Using Windows Services
Another way of disabling Delivery Optimisation is simply disabling the Windows service responsible for the task.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Once open, type services.msc and hit enter.
Step 2: Find the Delivery Optimisation service and disable it using the Start/Stop button.
Windows Delivery Optimisation will now be disabled until you restart the service manually.
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Using the Registry Editor
You can also edit the Registry to disable Delivery Optimisation.
Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type regedit and hit enter.
Step 2: Navigate to the following path.
Step 3: Edit the Start key and change the hexadecimal value to ‘4’.
Now restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
Using the Group Policy Editor
Lastly, if you’re using Windows 11 Pro, you can use the Group Policy Editor to make the change as well.
Step 1: Open the Group Policy Editor and navigate the following path.
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Delivery Optimisation
Step 2: Double-click the Download Mode option.
Step 3: Check the Enabled option, select the Simple (99) option from the dropdown that appears and hit Apply.
Step 4: To save the change, open up Command Prompt with admin privileges and type the following command.
Now restart your PC, and you’re good to go.
Also read: How to stop Windows 11 update?
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