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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 50
    Win 10
       23 Aug 2015 #1

    No Windows Updates over Mobile Broadband!


    Hi everyone,
    I am running windows 10 pro and now i want to update my system using "Windows Updates". The problem is that Windows Update is showing numerous new updates for the system but i have a mobile broadband (ie. usb dongle type) for internet purposes over which i want to download all the system updates. but the updates wont download maybe because Windows 10 has set this connection type as 'metered'.
    Whats even worse is that the metered and non-metered choice is greyed out and i cannot change it. I then tried the command prompt method described on this site. it momentarily does change the mobile broadband connection as 'Unrestricted' but STILL windows wont download any updates over this connection .

    I want to know HOW to download updates through Windows Update application using my mobile broadband connection.

    Does any one know about editing the relevant registry entries to force Windows use mobile broadband for Windows Updates?

    PS: I dont have ANY other source of internet ie. Wifi or Ethernet.


    Thanks
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  2. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 119
    Windows 7 (reverted back)
       23 Aug 2015 #2

    The simplest solution is going to SERVICES.MSC
    there locate Windows UPDATE
    right click and set the service from MANUAL to DISABLED
    Now there are no updates (until you switch it on again)

    Also the STORE is disabled

    Good luck
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  3.    23 Aug 2015 #3

    I supposed you checked this Wireless Network Metered Connection - Set in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    I'm not sure how to solve your problem and make WWAN appear as unmetered so if these suggestions do not help as a workaround you can download and install the updates manually from Microsoft Update Catalog

    When you toggle metered to unmetered it updates the first byte of a value called "Unit Cost" in the registry.
    In my case this value is in the path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WlanSvc\Interfaces\{1D5A28E7-E378-419E-9642-0E3AB2E78211}\Profiles\{B8E9A75A-8611-4143-BC15-308AAD66511D}\Metadata

    Yours may be different in which case open regedit and search for the value of User Cost

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    You can update the first byte of this binary value to change the metered status - 00 is off and 02 is on.

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    Alternatively (and probably better as you have 10 Pro) you should be able to set the User Cost in gpedit.msc ( + R then type gpedit.msc and press enter).

    Go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Tempates > Network > WWAN Service > WWAN Media Cost.

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    There you will see 3G and 4G. Probably you want to change them both. Open them, change to enabled and set the cost value to unrestricted

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    Last edited by lx07; 23 Aug 2015 at 03:59.
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  4. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 50
    Win 10
       23 Aug 2015 #4

    Harpert said: View Post
    The simplest solution is going to SERVICES.MSC
    there locate Windows UPDATE
    right click and set the service from MANUAL to DISABLED
    Now there are no updates (until you switch it on again)

    Also the STORE is disabled

    Good luck
    Thanks for the prompt response. But i guess you didnt get my question. I DO want to download updates, the only condition being that Windows 10 should use my Mobile Broadband connection for doing so. So the question is how to force windows 10 to USE the mobile broadband connection for downloading system updates through Windows Update application.

    halasz said: View Post
    I'm not sure how to solve your problem and make WWAN appear as unmetered but as a workaround you can download and install the updates manually from Microsoft Update Catalog
    Thanks for the link halasz! atleast this solves the problem partially/temporarily.
    But i cant understand why should Microsoft be so rigorous in implementing internet metering because ultimately the 'owner' of the system is the master of his broadband connections and if he/she wants to use that connection for downloading huge Windows Updates then why not?? As OSs upto Window 7 easily allowed users to use ANY connection for downloading the Windows Updates, i believe that this is definitely a retrograde step by Microsoft.

    I hope Microsoft removes such artificial restriction or atleast gives enough control/options to the users so that such basic problems dont arise in the future.
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  5.    23 Aug 2015 #5

    Please see updated last post for a couple of workarounds to try - regedit (works for me on Wi-Fi) and gpedit.msc (a better bet I think).

    Sorry our posts crossed - I was too slow updating
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  6. Joined : Feb 2015
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 12,893
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393 Multiprocessor Free
       23 Aug 2015 #6

    shobhitk said: View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I am running windows 10 pro and now i want to update my system using "Windows Updates". The problem is that Windows Update is showing numerous new updates for the system but i have a mobile broadband (ie. usb dongle type) for internet purposes over which i want to download all the system updates. but the updates wont download maybe because Windows 10 has set this connection type as 'metered'.
    Whats even worse is that the metered and non-metered choice is greyed out and i cannot change it. I then tried the command prompt method described on this site. it momentarily does change the mobile broadband connection as 'Unrestricted' but STILL windows wont download any updates over this connection .

    I want to know HOW to download updates through Windows Update application using my mobile broadband connection.

    Does any one know about editing the relevant registry entries to force Windows use mobile broadband for Windows Updates?

    PS: I dont have ANY other source of internet ie. Wifi or Ethernet.


    Thanks
    I use a Vodafone USB Mobile Broadband and can download, but, I always have to click download to give windows permission. There are 2 places to change the metered-non metered: 1) Settings app>Devices>Printers & Scanners and 2) Connected devices check both.

    If those are both grayed out, are you using the "RTM" version/build 10..0.10240 Build 10240, or are you an "Insider"? I ask because, Insider versions will not let you update, other than for Defender, when using metered connections.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 50
    Win 10
       23 Aug 2015 #7

    Cliff S said: View Post
    I use a Vodafone USB Mobile Broadband and can download, but, I always have to click download to give windows permission. There are 2 places to change the metered-non metered: 1) Settings app>Devices>Printers & Scanners and 2) Connected devices check both.

    If those are both grayed out, are you using the "RTM" version/build 10..0.10240 Build 10240, or are you an "Insider"? I ask because, Insider versions will not let you update, other than for Defender, when using metered connections.
    Those are not greyed and i have both of them checked for downloading.

    halasz said: View Post
    Please see updated last post for a couple of workarounds to try - regedit (works for me on Wi-Fi) and gpedit.msc (a better bet I think).

    Sorry our posts crossed - I was too slow updating
    Yup

    I guess the gpedit method worked. Initially when Windows Update was at say 8% ie. in the middle of the download and i connected my mobile broadband then it did not used to move any further. Also the 'Checking for updates' status used to continue forever.

    But this time it could successfully check for updates and then it asked for my permission to 'Download' using my mobile broadband. I pressed the 'Download' button and the update got installed

    So i guess it worked. Thanks halasz for the much needed solution.

    However i would be able to confirm this 100% only when MS releases next batch of huge downloads.
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  8.    23 Aug 2015 #8

    I couldn't actually test it as I only have Wifi but the regedit method certainly also changes the metered connection switch.

    Anyway it is good is seemed to work. Let us know if it works (or rather if it doesn't) on the next batch as you said.
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  9.    23 Aug 2015 #9

    shobhitk said: View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I am running windows 10 pro and now i want to update my system using "Windows Updates". The problem is that Windows Update is showing numerous new updates for the system but i have a mobile broadband (ie. usb dongle type) for internet purposes over which i want to download all the system updates. but the updates wont download maybe because Windows 10 has set this connection type as 'metered'.
    PS: I dont have ANY other source of internet ie. Wifi or Ethernet.
    Thanks
    Problems with Windows 10 Updates are an ongoing issue now.
    and the possible solution to overcome this is by downloading the updates manually from the Microsoft®Update Catalog or using tools like WHDownloader (formerly Windows Hotfix Downloader)

    Can also use the CAB installer to get them installed into your system : Windows 10 update cab file Installer. - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 50
    Win 10
       23 Aug 2015 #10

    Microsoft®Update Catalog is a solution but a lengthy one. You have to enter each and every update in the search bar individually. that becomes cumbersome.

    Do we have a method to know the size of each update just like we used to have it in Windows 7? so that atleast we can shortlist them and download them using Catalog.
    Last edited by shobhitk; 23 Aug 2015 at 22:28.
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