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How to Set Up A Metered Internet Connection in Windows 10 To Avoid Windows 10 Automatic Update

How to Set Up A Metered Internet Connection in Windows 10 To Avoid Windows 10 Automatic Update


Microsoft latest version of their famous Windows Operating Systems, Windows 10 keep breaking protocols on what everyone used to know about Windows. With its stringent use and stripping end-users the few abilities to control how things work,  the need to device different ways of enforcing those few abilities cannot be overemphasized. 

Whether you're tethered to a mobile network with a limited amount of data or you just don't want to suck up too much data from your home network, we offer a solution to the famous Windows 10 exploits. Remember, you are here because you lack the technical ability to implement the solution in the previous chapter (How To Turn Off/Disable Windows Update In Windows 10 Operating System), which is the best. 

Anyway, the operating system features a built-in "Metered connection" mode that reduces bandwidth/data (by stopping windows update and some other apps from updating) usage whenever you're connected to the networks you designate. 

Below is the procedure to achieve that ...

1. Open the start menu and select Settings.

2. Click the Network and Internet link.

3. Select Wi-Fi from the sidebar.

4. Click the "Manage known network" link under your existing connection.

5. Choose the network you’re currently using from the list of available ones and click Properties.

7. Find the Metered connection section and toggle the switch to On.

That is it.....

NB: Some times, this doesn't work as expected. Why did I make this statement...? Continue....

Yes is true that designating Windows 10 internet connect as "metered connection" reduces the amount of data Windows downloads automatically. In fact, clicking on Update and Security within Settings brings up a block of text that says:

"We'll automatically download and install updates, except on Windows 10 metered connections (where charges may apply). In that case, we'll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly."

This statement is somewhat ambiguous, isn't it? Microsoft did not initially design Windows 10 to download updates over metered connections unless the update was designated as "critical". Microsoft switched to a cumulative update model not long ago, however, which produces a single large Windows 10 update for each month rather than various smaller updates. The cumulative update supersedes the previous month's updates, and because it is so large, it contains critical updates so it will push through a metered connection.

This is exactly the problem people have while trying to use metered connection to dater Windows Updates from updating. Though, configuring a network connection to act as a metered connection still has its benefits.

To be on a safer side, and to make sure you stop the "Windows Update" completely from updating and eating up your data/bandwidth, please implement this procedure - "How To Turn Off/Disable Windows Update In Windows 10 Operating System" .

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