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    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10

    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10

    How to Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10
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    How to Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Internet service providers can charge by the amount of data used (the amount of data sent and received by your PC). That's called a metered Internet connection. These plans often have a data limit, and if you exceed the limit you might have to pay extra. In some cases, you aren't charged extra but your connection speed becomes slower until the billing cycle ends.

    If you have a metered Internet connection, setting your network connection to metered in Windows can help you reduce the amount of data you send and receive, and prevent Windows Update from automatically downloading and installing updates.

    Windows 10 doesn't provide an easy way to set an Ethernet connection as metered or non-metered.

    This tutorial will show you how to set an Ethernet network as a metered or non-metered connection for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

    Note   Note
    If an Ethernet network is set as a metered connection, then:
    • Available updates in Windows Update will no longer be automatically downloaded. You have to click/tap on the Download button in Windows Update to download and install them.
    • You can update Windows Defender definitions directly in Windows Defender instead of through Windows Update to avoid installing all other available updates at that time.
    • You can turn on or off downloading drivers over metered connections separately in Settings -> Devices.
    • You will need to manually check for available app updates in the Store.
    • You will not be able to download and install Optional Features until you set the Ethernet connection back as non-metered until finished.
    • If you have Outlook installed, it will show you a message that "Outlook is working offline...", and offer you to be able to "Connect Anyway".

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    Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, Windows Update will now also automatically download on a metered connection only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.
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    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Non-Metered in Settings
    • Option Two: To Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Non-Metered in Registry Editor





    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10
    To Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Non-Metered in Settings

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 14986.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

    2. Click/tap on Ethernet on the left side, and click/tap on the Ethernet connection (ex: "Ethernet") on the right side you want to set as metered or non-metered. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Turn On or Off (default) Set as metered connection for what you want. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can now close Setting if you like.





    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10
    To Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Non-Metered in Registry Editor

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and press Enter to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost

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    4. Change the owner of the DefaultMediaCost registry key in the left pane to be the Administrators group. (see screenshot below step 3)

    5. Set permissions of the DefaultMediaCost registry key in the left pane to "Allow" the Administrators group "Full control". (see screenshot below step 3)

    6. Change the owner of the DefaultMediaCost registry key in the left pane back to the default NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller. (see screenshot below step 3)
    Note   Note
    After you have done steps 4 to 6 once, you will not have to do them again to be able to do step 7 at any time afterwards.



    7. Do step 8 (metered) or step 9 (non-metered) below for what you would like to do.
    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below. This is the same location in step 3.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost

    Ethernet DWORD

    1 = non-metered
    2 = metered



     8. To Set Ethernet Network as Metered Connection

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Set_Ethernet_as_metered_connection.reg

    download


     9. To Set Ethernet Network as Non-Metered Connection

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 10 below.

    Set_Ethernet_as_non-metered_connection.reg

    download

    10. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

    13. Restart the computer to apply.

    14. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 1,546
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       15 May 2016 #1

    @Brink

    It seems that I can not change to Administrators and set it to have full control. It also seems the users substitute trick also doesn't work. The user was able to get full control but I am not sure it worked. Anyway to test it before creating a local local administrator account? When I tested before, I changed all to 2 in the registry. My windows 10 system only has Microsoft Account log-ins.
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  2. Posts : 20,725
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       15 May 2016 #2

    Hello groze,

    Odd. Were you signed in to an administrator account when trying to change the owner and set permissions of the registry key?

    If the Ethernet DWORD value is set to 2, then it should be a metered connection. I suppose one way to verify is to see if Windows Updates will still automatically download and install updates or not. It won't if it's a metered Ethernet connection.
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  3. Posts : 1,546
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       22 May 2016 #3

    The users substitute instead of administrators did work at least for me. It just took a little while to find out.
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  4. Posts : 20,725
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    Thread Starter
       22 May 2016 #4

    Great news.
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  5.    02 Jun 2016 #5

    Although i reverted back to Windows 8.1, i'm thankfull for this tip. Since my attempt changing permissions was denied, i digged some memory banks from my NT days, and did what is outlined here.
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       02 Jun 2016 #6

    Hello mynextosismac, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    It sounds like you didn't do step 4 first before doing step 5 since you were denied permissions.
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  7.    03 Aug 2016 #7

    Hi again! Step 5 is referencing to the Eight Forum, things look different. But I managed to sort it out and changed Ethernet to 2. Can I confirm somehow it now really is metered?
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  8. Posts : 20,725
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       03 Aug 2016 #8

    Great news. You can keep checking for updates to make sure that they don't automatically download and install.
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  9.    24 Aug 2016 #9

    1511 - Ethernet Reg not importing into Hyper V VM?
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