Windows 10 – How to stop sending and receiving updates to and from PCs on the Internet

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The default delivery method for updates in Windows 10 is to get updates from Microsoft, PCs on your local network, and PCs on the Internet. This is a two way street – if you opt to get updates from other PCs on the Internet then you will at some point be using your own bandwidth to deliver updates to them.

Fortunately this is easily resolved as we can simply choose get updates from Microsoft and PCs on our local network as follows:

  • Click the Start button and then click Settings,
  • Click the Update & security button,
  • Click the blue link for Advanced options,
  • Click the blue link to Choose how updates are delivered,
  • Leave the toggle for updates set to On and then click the PCs on my local network radio button,
  • Close the Settings window.

Windows 10 – Open Explorer to This PC

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By default Windows 10 opens Explorer to the Quick access view. This view highlights Frequent folders and Recent files.

I much prefer the This PC view which shows Folders and Devices and drives.

This is how to make This PC the default view:

  • Open Explorer and click the View menu and then the Options button *
  • Set the Open File Explorer to drop down menu to This PC and then click Ok.

* If you click the lower half of the options button you will also need to click Change folder and search options.

This PC

Close and re-open Explorer.