How to Find Delivery Optimization Status In Windows 10

Introduction

Have you ever wondered how to find Delivery Optimization status in Windows 10, or if it is enabled at all?

It is simple to find out, but let’s start by looking at what Delivery Optimization is and what it does.

Background

Getting updates to your devices can be a challenge, and it is especially true in remote sites with low bandwidth.

In the old days, we downloaded updates from a central site, such as Microsoft Update or System Center Configuration Manager, before being installed on your computer. This caused issues with delivery speed, mostly caused by network throughput and disk speed.

There are multiple methods of solving this, BranchCache and PeerCache to name two, but recently there is a new option that might be even better for the job, Delivery Optimization.

Delivery Optimization is a technology that’s shipped with Windows 10 and is active by default. It enables your computer to search the local network, LAN or WLAN, and download updates from neighbours, and only use the central site when needed.

This allows clients in remote sites to download updates from other local devices that already downloaded updates from the central site.

By doing this, you will save both time and bandwidth while keeping your devices up to date.

How to Find Current Settings and Status

  1. Open the Start Menu, Click Settings, Update & Security.
  2. Click the Delivery Optimization button on your left to find the settings we are looking for.
Delivery Optimization Settings page

This is where you can disable or enable Delivery Optimization and configure where your computer can get updates from. I suggest leaving this enabled and ”PCs on my local network” option.

Click Activity Monitor to view Delivery Optimization status, like download and upload statistics. This should give you an idea of if it is working. My device is alone on the network and hasn’t had the opportunity to download from the local network yet.

Delivery Optimization Activity Monitor

Conclusion

Introducing Delivery Optimization was a great move by Microsoft that enables us to streamline our update deployments. It helps us reach that high update compliance that has always been challenging in remote offices.

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