A way to stop background network usage

  1.    22 Sep 2016 #1

    A way to stop background network usage

    Hi all!

    I always update my system before anything to minimize anything that could interrupt my activities. I recently had a problem with Windows Store Apps not updating. The problem was very persistent and I decided to refresh Windows. Now Apps Updates and Store are working just fine and everything is up to date but from time to time a service called "Microsoft upload/download host" comes up and start using lot of bandwidth. My internet speed and latency are very basic so I can't afford to have any interrupt. I wonder if you guys know a way to stop or delay whatever this service is doing until I decide there would be no need to use internet.

    Any help will be appreciated! I'm very happy everything is working back just need this last thing. Thank you
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  2.    22 Sep 2016 #2

    Hi, could be related to this:
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    and try disabling tips about Windows:
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  3.    22 Sep 2016 #3

    Thank you for answer!
    I have disabled those items. Also, "apps that can run in background". In the previous Windows Install I disabled "Content delivery manager" to try but wasn't related to it. I read Windows Spotlight could use the service to download lockscreen images. I'm not sure to be honest because the time it use my internet for a couple of minutes.
    What else can be downloaded (or maybe uploaded ) through this service ?
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  4.    22 Sep 2016 #4

    Hello, you should be able to achieve this (0 Network activity when idle) with very little effort indeed, unless sthg is wrong or you do have some legitimate activity:
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    Note the number of (small) startups I have and processes running. Despite that, quiet.

    If you are experiencing unexpected network activity, please post a screenshot of your task manager clearly showing it and the related process.
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  5.    23 Sep 2016 #5

    Well, nothing came up with network problems so I guess I'll keep watching until service start again and then check Perfmon. In the other hand. after refreshed my computer to resolve Store Apps not downloading / updating the issue is back with same symptom but different error code ( 0xc0ea000a ) . So... I guess it's a Anniversary update related problem. I discovered a lot of people posting about it and a lot of help too. Some people were able to fix it some others like me.. well
    Ok so what is the procedure now? Should I mark as solved or you close topic or leave it open.

    Again, thank you for your time!
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  6.    23 Sep 2016 #6

    Hi, you're welcome to leave it open for a bit- only you can close the thread and mark solved.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    24 Sep 2016 #7

    Finally ! I installed Process Hacker and the service started today. I was able to suspend it to check its properties. And I was wrong with my previous statement. It actually points to Windows Spotlight folder:


    and it's announced as Content Delivery Manager. I can't believe the first time I stopped this last services it was still downloading something but maybe it was my imagination.
    Now that the mystery is solved I need a bit more of help. I wonder if you could help me find how does Windows actually start this service. I have searched through Scheduled Task but I don't see anything pointing to this :) So, any idea how can I achieve that goal? Thanks
    By the way also I'm a bit surprised it takes plenty of time to download just a wallpaper. My internet don't suck that much. Maybe it's getting some other stuff.
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