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configuring Akamai Peer to Peer software (Free Windows 10 upgrade installed it).

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On 7/29 I installed windows 10 free upgrade on Joe's Dell computer.  During the upgrade I was asked something about Adamai, but I did not print the screen. I did 7 other Dell computers and this was the only one that made any mention of Akamai.

The upgrade installed Akamai 1.9.3.1/884d403. I did some research and discovered that the Akamai program helps large companies like Dell,  distribute their web pages to the entire world.  SURPRISE !! Joe's desktop is now a small web server that will upload the Dell web page to other nearby Akamai clients as needed, altruistically using a small amount of the boss's bandwidth to help the world.  

Further investigation led me to believe that Akamai could be configured to be "Download only" which would prevent this small bandwidth loss.  But, Akamai admintool and their control panel tool does not seem have any such setting.

Perhaps the windows 10 version does not have that functionality?

And yes, I am aware that it can be uninstalled, but I kind of like the idea of helping the world.

rberke
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That is not typical so the application must have been on the machine previously and windows 10 simply updated the app to be compatible for Windows 10.  Akami makes enough money without me being part of their network.
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I agree that it is "not typical" because it did not get installed on the other CPUs being updated.  And your conclusion that it was their before is logical, but does not explain why Appwiz shows the install date as 7/29 at 7 PM.

Perhaps you will say that "appwiz" is showing the date last modified. I think that is wrong because I observe the other applications show their true install date.   I wonder if there is some place in windows.old that shows what programs were installed in the previous version?
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As I mentioned previously the software was probably updated as of that date/time
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I just did a "dope smack to my forehead".  Yes, there is "some place in windows.old that shows what programs were installed in the previous version? ".

I simply went to Joe's Windows.old, and copied his 7/29/2016 NTUser.dat to my own machine, then used Regedit to load his hklm under my own HKLM.
The following key absolutely proved that Akamai was previously loaded just as you said.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\hkey_local_machine\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Akamai
DATA="C:\Users\pat.vitone2\AppData\Local\Akamai\uninstall.exe".

This changes my attitude entirely. I will simply uninstall Akamai and be done with it.

Thank you for your help.
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