Windows 10: How can I prevent automatic updates?

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  1.    13 Dec 2016 #21

    Bree said: View Post
    If you are at 'Step 4. Change the owner of the DefaultMediaCost registry key...' then you want to set it for the Administrators group, not the Administrator account (note the 's' on the end on the name). Type Adminstrators then click the 'Check Names' button.
    Okay I did that. It says it cannot be found.
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  2.    13 Dec 2016 #22

    MPSAN said: View Post
    OK, I have Pro. However, do a Google search and you can see how to add Group Policy Editor to Windows 10 Home version.
    You can but it won't work.
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  3.    13 Dec 2016 #23

    stonefly said: View Post
    Okay I did that. It says it cannot be found.
    Somehow I got it to go to Administrators and I allowed Administrators full control. Now I can't get it to go back to TrustedInstaller. I don't know what I did.
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       13 Dec 2016 #24

    stonefly said: View Post
    Okay I did that. It says it cannot be found.
    Can you confirm you are stuck at 'Step 4...' If so, you should be seeing this...
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    When the 'Check names' button comes back saying it can't be found it may be down to a spelling mistake. First check that 'Select the object type:' includes 'Group' - if not, click the 'Object types...' button and tick Groups. 'From this location:' should be the name of your PC. Try typing administrators again.

    If it still cannot be found, click the 'Advanced...' button. Again, make sure Groups is included in the object types then click the Find Now button. You should get a list of groups from which you can choose Administrators.
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  5.    13 Dec 2016 #25

    stonefly said: View Post
    Somehow I got it to go to Administrators and I allowed Administrators full control. Now I can't get it to go back to TrustedInstaller. I don't know what I did.
    Okay I got it changed back. I had to copy and paste from your post in order for it to work. It worked. Onward.
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  6.    13 Dec 2016 #26

    stonefly said: View Post
    Okay I got it changed back. I had to copy and paste from your post in order for it to work. It worked. Onward.
    I did it. I got Ethernet marked as metered. Thanks, Bree.
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  7.    13 Dec 2016 #27

    I have the Set_Ethernet_as_non-metered_connection.reg on desktop. If I want to pick a day and time to download updates, then I finish steps 11-13. Correct?
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       13 Dec 2016 #28

    stonefly said: View Post
    I have the Set_Ethernet_as_non-metered_connection.reg on desktop. If I want to pick a day and time to download updates, then I finish steps 11-13. Correct?
    Glad we got there in the end.

    No, it even easier than that. I leave my WiFi as metered permanently. At a time of my choosing I got to Settings > Update and Security and 'check for updates'. This works as normal up to the point it would start the download (in fact, the automatic check for updates still works on a metered connection, you may get a notification saying 'updates are available but we can't download them'). It then says 'we won't download while you are on a metered connection...' but provides a 'Download' button to download anyway. Just click 'Download' and the updates will download and install as normal. Actually, I've just had to this as a new cumulative update has just been released.

    Note that Defender won't automatically update its definitions on a metered connection. You should regularly open Defender and update manually from its own 'Update' tab (you'll get a notification for this too if you leave it too long).
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  9.    14 Dec 2016 #29

    Bree said: View Post
    Glad we got there in the end.

    No, it even easier than that. I leave my WiFi as metered permanently. At a time of my choosing I got to Settings > Update and Security and 'check for updates'. This works as normal up to the point it would start the download (in fact, the automatic check for updates still works on a metered connection, you may get a notification saying 'updates are available but we can't download them'). It then says 'we won't download while you are on a metered connection...' but provides a 'Download' button to download anyway. Just click 'Download' and the updates will download and install as normal. Actually, I've just had to this as a new cumulative update has just been released.

    Note that Defender won't automatically update its definitions on a metered connection. You should regularly open Defender and update manually from its own 'Update' tab (you'll get a notification for this too if you leave it too long).
    Thanks, Bree. This is all good news.

    To think I once did this so simply from the control panel on 8.1! Well, I guess we must keep up with the times. I don't know where it's all going though. It does trouble me that Microsoft obviously wants downloads to be done automatically. I have a long time problem with my internet connection where it won't connect. The way I have always dealt with this is by doing a quick restart, which kicked the modem back into working order. With the automatic updates, the quick restart turns into a 30 to 45 minute ordeal.

    I was disappointed with the new calculator. No cube root. No y root of x. No reciprocal. etc... I did find the download for the old Windows 7 calculator, however, and have it on this computer.
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  10.    14 Dec 2016 #30

    stonefly said: View Post
    Thanks, Bree. This is all good news.
    I was disappointed with the new calculator. No cube root. No y root of x. No reciprocal. etc... I did find the download for the old Windows 7 calculator, however, and have it on this computer.
    I can't do crazy math but a search does reveal the 10 calc abilities. I like the 10 calc because you can resize it. Big numbers for old folks.
    Example (x^y)

    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/use-ne...-10-calculator
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