As many of you already know, it is very important t o have an updated operating system. However, many users are terrible when it comes to updating their operating systems and this is the main reason why Microsoft has decided to make Windows 10 an “automatically-updating” operating system.
Windows 10 OS will automatically check for new updates and it will download and install them to your computer whether you want or not. We agree that this feature is convenient for most users, but there are still people who prefer to manually update their Windows 10 OS.
It is good to know that if you run a Windows 10 (Enterprise, Education or Professional) version on your PC, you can disable the automatic updates using the Group Policy editor. However, if you own a Windows 10 Home edition (like most people do), you will have to do some workarounds in order to stop the “aggressive” automatic updates on this operating system.
Metering Your Internet Connection
To stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading updates it’s recommendable to use a metered internet connection (one which limits your data). Some networks (such as cell networks are metered by default), but you can also meter a Wi-Fi network by going to your computer’s Settings->Network & Internet->Wi-Fi->Advanced and turn on “Set metered connection”.
You will be able to download updates manually on a metered connection by heading your computer’s Settings->Windows Update->Download.
You can also meter an Ethernet connection, but you will need to open first the “Registry Editor”. Keep in mind that while “messing” in the registry editor, you can brick your computer, so make sure that you follow the right steps or you will be forced to reinstall Windows 10 on it.
First of all, you will need to right click on the “Start” button and select “Run”. In the run textbox write “regedit”, click on the “ok” button and the Registry Editor will open. While in the Registry Editor you will need to navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost”, right click on the “DefaultMediaCost” and click on “Permissions”. While in the Permissions for DefaultMediaCost windows, you will need to click on “Advanced” and when a new window opens, click on “Change” (the button is located somewhere in the top left side of the window).
You will now see a text box named “Enter the object name to select” where you need to type in “Administrators” and then click on the “Check Names” and after that click on the “OK” button. Make sure that you check the “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects” and click once again “OK”.
Now you will need to head back to the Permissions for DefaultMediaCost, and make sure the “Full Control Allow” box is checked. Open the window by clicking on the “OK” button, right click on the Ethernet, select “Modify” and in the “Value” box write the number “2”.
HINT: By setting this to 1, it will turn your Ethernet connection to a non-metered one.
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