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Limit OneDrive and Windows Update bandwidth hogging

Have a really horrible internet connection currently, and whenever Windows Update and OneDrive starts downloading stuff, I can basically not do anything else because they’re hogging all my bandwidth.


  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. Go to Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Network / Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).
  3. Enable Limit the maximum network bandwidth for BITS background transfers, and optionally adjust the rate and hours.
  4. Reboot, possibly?


QoS Policy

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. Go to User Configuration / Windows Settings / Policy-based QoS.
  3. Right-click and hit Create new policy.
  4. Set DSCP Value to 1 and/or Outbound Throttle Rate to something appropriate.
  5. Set QoS policy to apply to applications with executable name onedrive.exe (or skydrive.exe, check your process list).
  6. Reboot, possibly?

Source: Don’t remember…