Data getting used up by Microsoft Window 10 Anniversary Edition Updates

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I sure this complaint has been heard many times. I have taken every step that I know of to keep this from happening but, since Microsoft won't allow you choose times when it updates I am now it only about 10 days into my billing cycle and I'm at about 11GB of 15 GB of my data is used and about 40% of that data was from Microsoft updates.  It is not my fault that Microsoft in their draconian ways has forced this upon us. Most people would care less but since I have only a limited amount of data each month, its become serious a issue. I didn't have this issue before Window 10 came along and I regret updating from Windows 7. Now the stuff  I used to be able to do without worrying about going over my limit now goes to update Windows now it seems. At this point I would be nowhere near my data limit. I have noticed that the data limit on my smart phone are never reached its data limit and it updates all the time and they don't penalize me for updates. So why should you  penalize me for updates? 
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We also have the same problem. We used 12 GB within 12 days into our cycle. I have called and called numerous times. I get told I must be watching too many videos. I don't watch videos, we don't do You Tube. I have switched my updates so they are now manual and that doesn't seem to help either. I do a lot of browsing, but if that eats that much data, then they need to come up with a different, REASONABLE plan. We don't play games on line either. Sorry you're going through this Scott223, but if it's like our area ,they don't care as long as your bill is paid in time. Real quick to sign you up but the service is extremely poor. I have had 1 girl that has actually tried to help. We're stuck, they are the only satellite provider in our area. Good luck with your problem. If you get it fixed, let me know what you found out.
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If you are using a Windows OS on your computer, I recommend Glasswire.  It monitors the data usage of the computer it's installed on.  It tells you what program is using the data, and also from what site the data is coming.  It's also free. 

https://www.glasswire.com/

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also read this, you do not need any 3rd party tools windows 10 has this built in already https://www.cnet.com/how-to/monitor-your-data-usage-in-windows-10/
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James,

The Windows 10 built in data usage monitor is most definitely useful, but Glasswire breaks down the usage into much greater detail, having the option to look at specific time periods, in addition to showing where the data is coming from.  With that said, it's good that you listed that, as most people don't know it exists. 

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For Windows 10, see the following two links:

http://www.groovypost.com/howto/manage-windows-10-data-usage/

and

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

Some duplicate information spanning both of those links, but the first is more up to date with regard to setting metered connections on the Anniversary Edition (it moved in the Anniversary Edition to where it should have been all along). Between the two however, nearly all of the major ways to minimize Windows 10's data usage are covered.

While the built-in Windows 10 usage stats are useful, there is some question as to their accuracy since it continues to be a work in progress - there's been some suggestion it doesn't account for Windows Updates. So a second opinion is warranted.

As Gabe notes, Glasswire is a more robust and better alternative (the free version suffices for most) for digging down deep, having the ability to filter usage by month, week, day application as well as zooming in on specific usage peaks using time ranges (son;t overlook that slider at the bottom of the usage tab).

Finally since smartphones were briefly mentioned, be aware that most smartphones are designed to defer any heavy lifting until you tap into a WIFI connection - i.e. updates are deferred and apps are intentionally designed to use less data when using cellular connections having their own set of draconian limits. Once you connect to WIFI, the world is their oyster - updates fly and apps offer added features under the faulty assumption that you're not paying for the data.

However, some smartphones and their operating systems are catching on to the fact that WIFI connections are not always "unmetered" usage; those that do, allow tagging WIFI connections as mobile hot spots which in cellular provider parlance is simply another term for "metered" usage and treating them the same as cellular connections.     
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While Windows 10 does have this feature which shows Microsoft's interpretation of data usage in the previous 30 days, it does not consider data used by system or Windows updates in this time period. I guess this all goes back to the fact that the Microsoft team doesn't know, or care, that there are many of us who are on limited data plans from our ISPs. My usage in Windows shows that I have used 3.4 GB in the past 30 days. However, I have had two Windows 10 updates, one the Anniversary update, 4.5 GB, and one yesterday to fix some of the bugs in the Anniversary update that was 855 MB. My router, Glasswire and the Exede meter are showing that I used around 8.7 GB. I guess that the Microsoft team thinks that their update date should not be considered as usage, however, your ISP does count it because after all, data is data.

Just to clarify, I only used my laptop on the Exede network during the past 30 day period, I have not powered up  my desktop, nor is my smartphone allowed access to my wireless network.
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Thanks for the confirmation Steve. It'll save me from firing up my old desktop machine running Windows 10 during the late night free zone to confirm for myself - and now is not worth losing sleep over.