With Windows 10 updates are mandatory and will always run in the background. This can be tough on your data usage. With exploits being discovered every day; keeping Windows up to date is a good idea, but if you have a limited internet connection or you are tathering from your phone there must be a solution for controlling updates. Fortunately there is; enter “Metered connection”.
Turn on Metered connection
Windows 10 comes with a feature that allows you to tell it that your internet connection is throttled, capped or handicapped in a way. When you set a connection as metered, Windows will respectfully not force updates. It will delay downloading and installing updates. To turn on “Metered Connection”:
Connect to the network you would like to enable metered connection on. Go to Search next to the Start Button and (1) search for Change Wi-Fi settings. Click on Change Wi-Fi settings to open the Network & Internet settings window.
On the Network & Internet settings window, (2) select Wi-Fi in the list of connection types and then (3) click Advanced Options to show advanced Wi-Fi options.
Finally, (4) enable the toggle under Metered connection.
You are only allowed to turn on “Metered connection” for Wi-Fi. Personally I do not understand this restriction. Surely capped accounts do not only occur on Wi-Fi connections.
Disable updates using the Microsoft Troubleshooter
Microsoft offers a utility to disable certain Windows 10 updates. This utility’s purpose is to prevent installation of drivers or updated that could cause problems with your Windows 10 system. This is a common problem and happens more often than you would like.
To start, download the Microsoft Windows Updates Troubleshooter here. Because it is a troubleshooter, you will need to open it with the Diagnostics Troubleshooting Wizard. To do this, simply select Run in Internet Explorer or Open with in Firefox when downloading the file.
On the Windows Updates Troubleshooter window, click Next to start scanning your system for available updates.
After the scan you will be presented with two options. One to Hide updates and another to Show hidden updates. We will be discussing the first option.
Select Hide updates to view a list of available updates. Select the updates you would like to hide, click Next and Windows will not install any updates you selected.
If you would like to enable updates, run the troubleshooter again and choose Show hidden updates.