Windows 10: Setting a metered connection for Ethernet? Solved

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  1.    25 Feb 2018 #1

    Setting a metered connection for Ethernet?


    I would like to set a metered connection for Ethernet so that I don't have to sufffer the inopportune auto-updates and can instead update Windows when it's convenient for me. Alas, in Network & Internet > Ethernet, "Set metered connection" is greyed out. How do I enable this option?
    Last edited by battlezone; 25 Feb 2018 at 01:18.
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  2.    25 Feb 2018 #2

    I think I found the answer: What I want is impossible.

    Windows 10 metered connection greyed out - Microsoft Community
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  3.    25 Feb 2018 #3

    Please permit me to respectfully disagree, battlezone. Not only is it possible to do this, TenForums offers a tutorial that explains exactly how, step-by-step: Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10. Do please check it out, won't you?
    Thanks,
    --Ed--
    Last edited by EdTittel; 25 Feb 2018 at 11:47. Reason: Shorten TF Tutorial URL
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       25 Feb 2018 #4

    Hi,
    Post a screen shot of the option being grayed out
    That single post thread was from 2016 who knows if it was even true then 46 people me too'ed it so something might of been true there :/
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       25 Feb 2018 #5

    @battlezone, it should only be greyed out if the account you are signed in with is a Standard user. It should not be greyed out for an administrator account.

    For per-user setting, you could temporarily promote the account to an administrator, set metered Ethernet, then demote to a standard user again.
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       25 Feb 2018 #6

    Hello battlezone,

    In addition, you might also see if you may be able set your Ethernet as metered in the registry using Option Two of the tutorial below.

    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  7.    27 Feb 2018 #7

    This is welcome news. It is a correct assumption that I was logged in as a standard user when trying to set a metered connection. I wrongly presumed I would be prompted to enter the admin password if necessary.

    I will check the linked tutorial and report on success or failure.

    Thank you all!

    UPDATE:

    Logged-in as admin I could set a metered connection. Logged into my user account, the metered connection is still set to "off." Is the actual setting status simply no visible for the user?

    Below screenshot shows user account Network Settings after changing to a metered connection in the admin account. I double-checked the settings in the admin account. It is still set to metered connection.

    Last edited by battlezone; 27 Feb 2018 at 16:14.
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  •    01 Mar 2018 #8

    Can someone please tell me if my connection is now set to metered, although it still shows greyed out and set to "off" in the user account Network settings?
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  •    01 Mar 2018 #9

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello battlezone,

    In addition, you might also see if you may be able set your Ethernet as metered in the registry using Option Two of the tutorial below.

    Set Ethernet Connection as Metered or Unmetered in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
    Yes, I will try the Registry option, but not before I have confirmation that my connections is still not set to "metered." I don't want to confuse myself by doing too many things, especially if I possibly already have achieved what I set out to do.
    Last edited by battlezone; 01 Mar 2018 at 15:03.
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       01 Mar 2018 #10

    battlezone said: View Post
    Logged-in as admin I could set a metered connection. Logged into my user account, the metered connection is still set to "off." Is the actual setting status simply no visible for the user?
    @battlezone, this appear to be a bug in that when greyed out for the standard user it shows as 'off' regardless of the true setting, or it could just be that a standard user doesn't have sufficient rights to find out in that bit the registry.

    The simplest way to find out for sure is to check for updates and see what happens. I have set Ethernet as metered in my admin account and, as you say, when I sign into my standard user account it still shows 'Off' in Settings. However, if I then check for updates in the standard user account it shows that it is really set to 'On'.

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    Edit: I'll have to wait for a new definitions update to be issued before I can test if the same applies to a metered WiFi connection.

    I have now tested this for WiFi too. The behaviour is exactly the same. When set to metered by an admin account it is greyed out and shown as 'Off' in a standard account. Checking for updates from a standard account shows that it is actually 'On'.
    Last edited by Bree; 01 Mar 2018 at 18:17. Reason: tested WiFi too
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