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Windows 10 update downloads could reduce in size by 65 per cent
Windows 10 users look set to see the download times for automatic updates significantly reduced.
The size of Windows 10 updates could reduce by up to 65 per cent, according to a director at software giant Microsoft.
The recent Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 1503 weighed a hefty 2.56GB, so a reduction in update size would be a huge bonus for PC owners.
Windows 10 users planning to upgrade to the Creators Update will experience these smaller updates when they download and update their device.
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Windows 10 users could see download update sizes reduce by up to 65 per cent
The news will be music to Windows 10 users’ ears in terms of time saved downloading the updates and the space freed up on their hard drives.
Bill Karagounis, director of program management for Microsoft's Windows Insider Program and OS Fundamentals division said: "It’s also important to note that Windows Insiders may not get a differential download packages even if we ship them.
"A baseline build has to be set for differential download packages and if that baseline build is newer than the build Windows Insiders are updating from (in the case where they are not on the latest flight) – they will receive a larger download."
The reduction in update size is thanks to the use of differential download packages in the Unified Update Platform (UUP) technology.
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As a result, Windows 10 devices only update the system with the changes rather than re-installing the entire platform.
Windows 10 insiders could see a reduction in update size of 65 per cent, while non-Insiders are still likely to see a 35 per cent improvement.
The news comes as Microsoft announced they would let users decide when to update their Windows 10 devices, instead of automatic updates without notice.
The news was announced in a blog post by Michael Fortin, the CVP of the Windows and devices group core quality and John Cable, the director of program management for Windows servicing and delivery.
Mr Fortin said: "I am excited to share that you will have considerably more flexibility when specifying the best time to install updates on your devices.
"We are also making other improvements to the update deployment experience in the Creators Update."
Windows 10 insiders could see a reduction in update size of 65 per cent
Windows 10 download update sizes could reduce between 35 and 65 per cent
Earlier this month Express.co.uk unearthed a major Windows 10 security flaw that was exposed by one of Microsoft’s main rivals.
Google published details about the vulnerability within Windows 10 Edge and Internet Explorer 11 that would allow hackers to crash both browsers and remotely execute malicious code.