Published: Thu, September 01, 2016
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Microsoft improves Delivery Optimization for Windows Insiders

Microsoft improves Delivery Optimization for Windows Insiders

Microsoft stated that "After the launch of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, Microsoft received a small number of reports of Windows 10 freezing when signing into Windows after installing the Anniversary Update".

Third-party apps like F.lux are already available for Windows and other platforms that do precisely this so it's not like Microsoft is breaking new ground with this feature. It's part of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (14915), and if you're subscribed to the Fast ring, you can download and install it right away. Once there, they can disable their computer's ability to download updates from multiple computers, or just limit it to download only from other devices on its local network. According to Sarkar, the local PC aspect of Microsoft's peer-to-peer service has reduced update-related internet bandwidth usage between 30 and 50 percent since its November debut.

Delivery Optimization is turned on by default, and can be turned off by going to Settings Update & security Windows Update Advanced options. It has been made possible as Delivery Optimization breaks down the download into small chunks and uses what is assessed as the fastest, most reliable source to download each chunk. Those bits can be delivered alongside those brought in from Microsoft's servers, to help speed up the process of downloading updates, especially on less reliable network connections.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14915 also comes with quite a list of fixes and improvements.

The new version fixes a couple of issues such as not being able to shut down the PC using Start Shutdown, changing the update Ring, or various crashes that users experienced when using the Settings application. This is very useful thing if you have multiple devices running Windows 10 in a local network.

One issue resolved on the PC front caused Cortana's text-to-speech capabilities to not work, keeping the virtual assistant from telling jokes, reading text messages out loud, singing songs, and so on.

Tap on Windows-I to open the Settings application. For more information - see this forum post.

We fixed the issue causing apps to get stuck in a pending state if you move apps between a SD card and internal storage (either direction).

We fixed an issue where the "Open with" dialog's "Look for another app on this PC" link wasn't working if the dialog appeared after using the "Run" dialog to open a file with an unassociated file type.

Fixed an issue where if a Chinese Input Method Editor is active it could result in logging in to not succeed after device goes into and is woken up from Connected Standby.

Bash may not work after upgrading to this build.

This appears to be the only difference to how the system worked before.

Once that's done, reboot your PC and you should be able to login to your original account with no problems.

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