Data Useage

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My husband and I got ourselves new laptops with win 10 for Christmas but something has been eating up our GB's like crazy ever since. Any suggestions on what we can do to stop this? Thanks and Merry Christmas!
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Debbi Cobern

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Old Labs (VS1-329-L12FZ)

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See the following two links for ways to minimize Windows 10's known excessive data usage:

How to Limit Windows 10 Data Over a Metered Connection 

How to minimize Internet data usage in Windows 10

Some repetition but covers everything... 
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You may have several live tiless which comes with Windows 10. For instance: "NEWS", "Weather", "Sprots", ... to name a few. You can turn these to an "OFF" postion using your mouse. It's very iritating fo us living in rural areas to have to put up with a "one size fits all" mentality when it comes to our connected device. The default should be "OFF" and not "ON" when it comes to most of these assumption. Anyhow you probably also experienced the need for these new Windows 10 machine needing to download several windows 10 updates as well. as far as metered connecton i had turn it OFF on one of my mostly used Windows 10 machine which recently FAILED several attempts to download update 1607. One of the reasons I switched/upgraded to Windows 10 was because of Microsoft bragging about the ability to share thes updates across several Windows 10 machines in your HOME network. I'm not sure I'm seeing that? Hopefully things will settle down for you. Oh yes "Old Labs" as well as several other "Chamions'" have been very helpful and a good knowledge base. MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL.
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Gregory, I too had great hope with the claim that Windows 10 would allow you to download the updates once and then they would share the updates on your home network. I have a desktop and two laptops on my home network. To date this has never worked, and I end up downloading the updates for each computer, and sometimes even more times because the downloads sometimes fail and must download one or two time more. According to the people at Microsoft, sometimes these download failures are happening because the download is coming from someone else's computer on the internet, and that computer is turned off during the download. Microsoft thought that would be fine to use other people's computers as servers for these downloads, but it sometimes cost us satellite users on limited data plans our precious bytes.
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One suggestion would be to install Glasswire on each machine for a detailed report of both programs and processes.

The free version is fine for this purpose.

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We take our laptops to town when we visit one of our kids, and 'load up' all the updates, same for our phones, saves a lot of data usage. The nice thing about laptops, is that you can take them with you. See above on how to limit the usage at home, make sure you take your power cords, and good luck!
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Don't use EDGE. Disable it as the default browser and use Chrome instead. EDGE is a data pig!
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Debbi Cobern

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I use Chrome.
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Hello Debbi, 

There could have been quite a few reasons why your data is being consumed so quickly. A few data consumption's that people are typically unaware of are: storage, media, updates, apps, or communications. The number of wireless devices on your home network can also play a big role with data usage.

If you would like, I would be more than happy to review your account and consumption categories according to your daily traffic, once we figure out where your data is being consumed; we can find ways to help you enjoy the activities you love. Please send us your account and contact info to Thank you