1.    29 Jun 2015 #1
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    Disabling downloading of Updates

    Is it possible to disable automatic downloading of Windows Updates? I am connected by cellular tethering about 50% of the time and I don't want it to use up my internet.
    Last edited by bfis108137; 29 Jun 2015 at 03:06.
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  2.    29 Jun 2015 #2
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    Not sure how it handles windows updates

    But you can set up a metered connection so you have more control over data usage

    Wireless Network Metered Connection - Set in Windows 10
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Jul 2015 at 08:01. Reason: corrected link
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  3.    29 Jun 2015 #3
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    Win 10/10125

    OT: i ran tests with USB tethering and 4G with my Jolla, 150Gb+ over 3 weeks

    paulsalters tip should help you out
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  4.    07 Jul 2015 #4
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    I did activate my tethered connection as a metered connection however it just downloaded about 2 gb. I believe the issue is the priority updates. They will not allow you to control them at all. I understand Microsoft. They want to force you to update and while I don't like it I get it. I personally think it should be like this. If you have a metered connection and you haven't connected to a non-metered connection in more than a week then it should download the priority updates over the metered connection. This will prevent people from avoiding the updates and it will allow most people to update on a non-metered connection.
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  5.    08 Jul 2015 #5
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    You can disable automatic updates via Group Policy setting. See my post here:
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  6.    11 Jul 2015 #6
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    Yea go to services.msc and disable Windows Update there
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  7.    11 Jul 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by poset View Post
    You can disable automatic updates via Group Policy setting. See my post here:
    This is how I am doing it now. The service idea seems good but then I am forced to trust that the service won't restart after a reboot which I don't like. It's unfortunate that Microsoft couldn't get the metered connection idea right.
    Last edited by bfis108137; 11 Jul 2015 at 18:56.
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  8.    11 Jul 2015 #8
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    Have you tried setting the registry key and rebooting?

    1. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU\
    2. Change AUOptions to 2 (Notify before download)
    3. Reboot

    You can see other values listed here under the Automatic Update Configuration Options subheading:
    Configure Automatic Updates in a Non–Active Directory Environment
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