Service Host Delivery Optimization High Network Usage Issue

Delivery Optimization is a peer-to-peer client update service that makes use of computers, both local and non-local devices via the Internet, to deliver updated Windows 10 bits to an organization’s networked PCs. This can effectively reduce the amount of time to update all computers on a network. Although this is a solid performing feature sometimes certain issues can occur. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the service host delivery optimization high network usage issue.

How to fix the service host delivery optimization high bandwidth usage problem

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and removes any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

Disable the Update From More Than One Place setting

The first thing you will need to do in this case is to turn off the feature that allows your computer to download the update from various networked computers. This way, the update will only be downloaded from one source.

  • Type

    “Windows Update Settings”

    in the search bar and open the settings application.

  • Click

    “Advanced options”.

  • Click on

    Delivery Optimization

  • Turn off the switch for

    Allow downloads from other PC’s

  • Restart your computer

Try to check if the delivery optimization high internet usage problem still occurs.

Disable Automatic Updates in Store Application

Sometimes this problem can be caused by the Microsoft Store application downloading updates for certain apps installed on your computer. If this is the culprit then you will need to disable the automatic update feature of the Store.

  • Open the

    Microsoft Store application.

  • Click on the

    three dots

    on the upper right side of the application.

  • Click on

    Settings.

  • Turn off the switch for the

    “update apps automatically”

    option.

  • Restart your computer.

Try to check if the service host delivery optimization high network usage problem still occurs.

Edit the Group Policy

One method to disable the delivery optimization feature is from the Group Policy.

  • Press

    Windows + R

  • Type

    “gpedit.msc”

    in the dialogue box and press Enter.

  • Go to:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Delivery Optimization

  • Double-click on

    Download Mode

    found on the right side of the screen.

  • Once in the properties, change the policy to

    “enabled”.

  • On the drop down menu click on

    bypass.

  • Go to:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)

  • Double-click on

    limit the maximum network bandwidth for BITS background transfers.

  • Once in the properties, change the policy to

    “enabled”.

  • Change the background transfer rate according to your internet connection. Usually, 10kbps is a good setting.
  • Restart your computer.

Try to check if the service host delivery optimization high bandwidth usage issue still occurs.

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