Apparently I can get Windows 10 after all, without worrying about it using up too much data via auto updates

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I kept hearing that with Windows 10 there is no way to prevent automatic updates from happening whenever they become available, causing me to think I had to stick with my windows 7 to prevent too much data loss. (I have only 10gb allowance per month).. However, I found this article which describes a way I can set Windows 10 so that downloads will not automatically occur on connections I choose to list as "metered". 

But wondering if I am reading this correctly and can really get Windows 10 without having to worry about excessive data usage/going over my allowance?:
http://www.howtogeek.com/224471/how-to-prevent-windows-10-from-automatically-downloading-updates/

(This is a separate issue from the initial download, which I understand uses up 3gb of data--so I could make sure to only do that initial download during the LNFZ.)
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Only works for Wifi.  You can't set wired to metered.
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Yes, you are interpreting that link correct and as Name141 points out the metered connection option is not available for wired connections to your router or directly to your modem (although there are other options for those using Windows 10 Pro for wired connections).

However, that's only a start and there are some other actions that can be taken. The following article does a reasonably good job of explaining them:

http://merabheja.com/internet-data-usage-in-windows-10/

Don't overlook the links at the bottom of that page since they contain other steps you may want to take.

Also beware using the new built-in Edge browser and stick with whatever you use now until familiar with it. 
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Lorriel - Like has been mentioned, the metered connection can only be set on WiFI, not Ethernet.  I have been doing this since day 1 of the public release of Windows 10.  Sometimes it is a little awkward when you enable downloads during LNFZ and nothing happens.  There seems to be a queuing system beyond your computer saying 'OK'.  Sometimes it requires a reboot to get things rolling.  It sure would be nice if MS would give us better control over this process, but disadvantaged folks like us are a miniscule minority in the MS world.
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Oh no!  Well, seems like that won't work...since I want to be able to use my pc at home, not at some outside wifi connection.  My problem is I don't understand the word "ethernet"--I even looked it up, but that didn't help much.  

"Ethernet is a link layer protocol in the TCP/IP stack, describing how networked devices can format data for transmission to other network devices on the same network segment, and how to put that data out on the network connection."
en.wikipedia.org

No, that doesn't tell someone with my level of knowledge anything....can someone explain in more basic terms for me?  I mean, are the 2 main types of connections wifi and ethernet?  And would ethernet be most everything that isn't wifi?
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In the past it has been possible to downgrade and step back to prior versions of some Microsoft software - not sure if it's applicable to Windows 10 however. I suspect not given Microsoft's aggressive push for Windows 10 adoption. If going the free upgrade route you do however have a narrow window to revert back to Windows 7 or 8.x   
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It's 31 days to revert back. After that it deletes the old data.  I'm sure they 7 or 8 key then is 'ate' ?
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Thanks for the info, Old Labs, and TheName141.
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When and if you do take the plunge on a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed, one final caveat...

When you first power it on you'll be prompted to complete setup and likely be asked to sign-in with your "Microsoft account" or create one - don't! Signing in with or creating a Microsoft Account will automatically enable many of the cloud enabled features that gobble data. Instead create one and there should be an option, link or button to establish a local user account and password. You can always switch later if you find those features to be necessary and some apps will require a Microsoft account  anyway to get updates (or purchase apps from the Microsoft App Store).

Conversely if you do signing initially with a Microsoft account, you can always setup a local account later.

Also beware that when you fire it up for the first time, it's likely that you get some automatic updates by default - best to use the free zone during initial setup (or stop buy somewhere with free wifi access) until you get things setup for minimal data usage.

When setting up my wife's machine with Windows 8.1 it had most of the same data usage concerns. It took me several LNFZ sessions before I was comfortable letting her go viral.
      
The general strategy is to always favor use of the local account except when it is absolutely necessary to use a Microsoft Account. 

   

              
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Thanks--this is so helpful.  So much I don't know....