Microsoft reduces Windows update package size for x64 devices

Downloading updates on Windows 10 can be pretty annoying at times. Mostly when you have a slow Internet connection and Windows 10 sucks all your bandwidth in the background to download updates and your foreground tasks like surfing on the Internet or streaming videos or any other media of the Internet suffer a lot due to this. But at a session at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced that they will be fixing this by reducing the package size of the update for the devices using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or if it is connected to System Center Configuration Manager.

Smaller Windows update package size for x64 devices

This new concept of delivering updates to terminal computers is based on the Universal Update Platform or UUP that Microsoft started using to reduce the size of the feature updates for Windows 10.

Windows Insiders were the ones who benefitted from this the most because they were the ones downloading new builds of Windows 10 every week and now only the new bits from the update get downloaded and dramatically reduces the download size as well as the installation time. The same thing goes for this update for devices leveraging the use of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).

But the main drawback here is the fact the only x64 devices are supported as of now and x86 devices are not. The x86 devices will be downloading the update package as earlier the x86 and x64 packages used to get one single package. This single package use weighs around 4.8 GB in size and now with x64 based packages being deployed independently, the size has reduced to 2.6 GB which saves 2.2 GB of size practically.

This new delivery service is only applicable for users running Windows 10 version 1703, 1709 and 1803, and will support all region-specific copies like EN-US, EN-GB and all of the others.

You can learn more about this new delivery mechanism here on Tech Community.

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

One Comment

  1. Dan

    This is welcome news; of course on larger i5/i7 boxes, update size/download usually isn’t a problem, but even I have an old 64 bit dual core Pentium that will be a lot easier to put up with when updates appear.

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