How to Enable or Disable Allow Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10


By default, Windows Update in Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections where extra charges may apply. In that case, Windows Update will automatically download only those updates requited to keep Windows running smoothly.

If wanted, you are able to allow Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered connections.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered connections in Windows 10.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file
  • Option Three: Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Local Group Policy Editor
  • Option Four: Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file






OPTION ONE

Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Settings


1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & Security icon.

2 Click/tap on Advanced options on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Turn On or Off Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10-allowautowindowsupdatedownloadovermeterednetwork-1.png

3 Turn on or off (default) Download updates over metered connections (extra charge may apply) for what you want under Update options. (see screenshot below)

Turn On or Off Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10-allowautowindowsupdatedownloadovermeterednetwork-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.






OPTION TWO

Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork DWORD

0 = Off (default)
1 = On


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Turn On Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

Download


 3. To Turn Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_OFF_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

Download


4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.






OPTION THREE

Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Local Group Policy Editor


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

If you enable or disable with this option, it will override Option One and Option Two above.

The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Four below to configure this same policy.


1 Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2 In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update

Turn On or Off Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10-allowautowindowsupdatedownloadovermeterednetwork_gpedit-1.jpg

3 In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow updates to be downloaded automatically over metered connections policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4 Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (not configured) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


 6. To Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


 7. To Set this Policy to Default of Not Configured

This is the default setting.

A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

Turn On or Off Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10-allowautowindowsupdatedownloadovermeterednetwork_gpedit-2.png


8 When finished, close the Local Group Policy Editor.

9 When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






OPTION FOUR

Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.

If you enable or disable with this option, it will override Option One and Option Two above.

The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork DWORD

<delete> = Not Configured (default)
0 = Disabled
1 = Enabled


1 Do step 2 (enabled), step 3 (disabled), or step 4 (not configured) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Enable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Always_Enable_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

Download


 3. To Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Disable_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

Download


 4. To Set this Policy to Default of Not Configured

This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

Not_Configured_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

Download


5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

8 If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.


That's it,
Shawn