Limit bandwidth used by Windows Update

Sometimes Windows Update consumes too much of internet bandwidth. It can slowdown everydays work. There is a way to limit this bandwidth and work normal.

Windows Pro: use Group Policy. Run gpedit.msc. It will open the Local Group Policy Editor. Containers in the left pane: Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesNetworkBackground Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). Doubleclick on Limit the maximum network bandwidth for BITS background transfers. Set maximum rate for “working hours” (on a schedule you define) and a different maximum out of working times. To set the maximum to a certain value all the time, make the two rates the same and clear the Use all available unused bandwith box.
The changes are applied to the Registry immediately.

Other version of Windows: Do it directly in Registrym skip GPME. Open regedit, create subkeys if they’re absent:


Create a DWORD value called EnableBITSMaxBandwidth with a value of 1. Create DWORD values called MaxBandwidthValidFrom and MaxBandwidthValidTo, each containing an hour of the day from 0 to 23.
Create DWORD values called MaxTransferRateOffSchedule and MaxTransferRateOnSchedule. Enter the maximum rate of transfer in Kbps.