Does my computer need to be on to receive scheduled downloads?

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I have my computer set to receive downloads at 3 am, does it have to be left on to get them? Or when I open the computer there they are?
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  • stupid I guess!

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JEP

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Your modem, router and computer have to be on to receive downloads.  But, by you  asking this question, I have to ask what operating system are you using and what program are you using to schedule your downloads?
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Note that if referring to the Windows Update setting that follows and is often the case, that setting only applies to when they are installed not downloaded and is frequently misinterpreted (downloads occur any time at Microsoft's discretion).



The better option for those on satellite internet is:

 
and then chose to manually download and install at an appropriate time.
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After I make the above changes, do change the setting, turning  off the sleep setting, leaving the computer on during the night. Wheeuuuu, it sounded so simple so that to avoid data usage. Was planning on  downloading  Windows 10, but unsure now. Thank-you for your help!
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Windows 10 makes it even easier, just set it to Metered Connection and it will notify you that there are updates but will not download them until you change it to n unmetered connection. it takes a couple of seconds to swap back and forth, really easy.
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That's the way I have been doing it.  The only caveats are 1) You can't select a metered connection on a hardwire Ethernet connection, only on a WiFi connection and 2) sometimes when you turn off the metered connection it can take a couple of kicks in the butt (reboot) for Windows 10 to start downloading.
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JEP, I just leave my connection set to "Metered", and when I get the notification, I just click on the "download and update now" option. That way it will do the update, but you don't have to remember to go back and turn the "Metered" connection back on.
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Steve - I get impatient when I see an update appear for one computer and then I want it on my other computer and my laptop. 

Evidently, you can't hurry love and you can't hurry Microsoft either.
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JEP, it has always amazed me ho the updates seem to appear randomly on the computers in my house. Microsoft operates in strange ways.
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By default, it's every 22 hours. In practice however it's randomly every 17 to 22 hours. Random so as to avoid everyone form checking at the same time and possibly downloading. On Pro versions and up the frequency can be set using the group policy editor.

Disclaimer: not sure if any of this still applies to Windows 10.

Trivia since I had to look at it in the group policy editor:

"The exact wait time is determined by using the hours specified minus zero to twenty percent of the hours specified."

The random part is the zero to twenty percent.
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