Save on data when using Windows 10

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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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First step requires that your computer be on a wireless connection...

The second step... Users can't schedule updates at all, Microsoft will give you the update when they are ready to give your ring the update... Even though it's released, they still use update rings, and your computer will download it the moment that your ring is active...

The last step... That utility is almost useless, it uses a 30 day rolling window, and if users use LAN side equipment such as a home based file server, then, well.. You can kiss that Windows meter goodbye as it reports everything for exactly the last 30 rolling days...

Almost all of the data shown here was local side traffic, very little was WAN side...


Yeah... Win10 isn't exactly Satellite Friendly...  Would be a lot better if M$ listened to insiders that are begging to give the metered option to wired networks.
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Another option to remember is that by default, Windows 10 will use your internet connection to deliver updates to other computers out on the internet. This can be disabled by

1) Going into Settings from the start menu.
2) Then click on "Update & security".
3) Then click on "Advanced options" at the bottom of the screen.
4) Then click on "Choose how updates are delivered".
5) Then ensure the "PCs on my local network" is selected.

This option should save you data if you have more than one PC on your local network running Windows 10.
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Linda Brown

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I recently purchased a new computer with Windows 10 and used all my data in just a few days.  I did all of the above data savers before getting on the internet the first time.  On restricted use I cannot do anything without being knocked off.  Help!!
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Hi Linda,

Sorry to hear about the trouble with your new computer. I know that managing bandwidth can be a real pain since Windows doesn't really give us that much to go off of.

If the Liberty plans are available in your area, switching to them may be a viable alternative since they have the Liberty Pass; which allows you to continue to use the internet even after your data allowance has dried up.

I would recommend giving Exede customer care a call. You can find their number here https://www.exede.com/contact-us-exede/. They can tell you what the type of traffic was that ate up your data allowance and that may help shed some light on what happened. They can also tell you if the Liberty plans are available in your area, what they cost, and more details about the Liberty Pass.

Hope that helps,

Joshua