So has anyone nailed down Windows 10's forced updates to LNFZ now? Other bandwidth eating things in 10?

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So, has anyone been able to .. with wired connections .. nail down how to get the updates going during the LNFZ ?

Did you have to set a firewall rule in your router to block windows updates , then unblock them every so often to get updates ?

I know for the wifi people, they can set the connection to Metered like in 8 to tell it when.

But since I use wired (besides smartphone updates) I'm at a loss for ideas other than DNS blocking. 

I know it's time to ...... or get off the commode with the free Windows 10 update.
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I just set my auto update to 3 am during the free zone. I have had windows 10 for 6 months now on a wired line. I see no data loss so far and I have Cortana on when people say I shouldn't and I still stay under my 10 gigs each month.
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How is this done over wired connection ?  Has the Windows 10 Builds been updated for it ?
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Short of metered mode (not available on wired connections) or disabling the Windows Update service, you're pretty much at the mercy of Microsoft on Windows 10 Home when it comes to updates. The latter isn't recommended and does pose some logistical problems (I suppose one could use a scheduled task to disable/enable the service during the appropriate hours). Microsoft's rationale amounts to "in the interest of safety, we've taken away some of your freedom."    

Finer control currently requires upgrading to Windows 10 Pro (at a cost naturally and not an issue for me since I actually require a couple of the features available in Pro beyond that level of control) and leveraging local group policy (see http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/manage-windows-update-windows-10). Even then it falls somewhat short of the way things used to be requiring accepting all updates, blocking them with an additional utility, and then uninstalling them.

P.S. Once Windows 10 is installed you're then faced with the task of limiting data usage as before on a limited data plan even beyond metered mode which is unavailable on a wired connection. Not to mention all of the other data conservation tips you're most likely already using. An article that hits most of the Windows 10 specific items  can be found at:

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

It's also my understanding that the auto update time only impacts when updates are installed and require a reboot, not when they are downloaded (just as it did with earlier Windows versions with automatic update enabled).    
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Would there be a way , like root's crontab, to run scheduled task elevated ? To turn it off and on at midnight - 4 AM ?

That's what I used to do with Origin, and pretty sure I still do, since it doesn't have a scheduled time updater like Steam. (If you set it)  But that didn't need admin rights.
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I am still running windows 8.1 just because of this. I have all and any auto updates off. Pretty sad when you can not run the latest operating system because of your internet provider being so restrictive.
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Yeah, but I got a DX12 card now and 7 is only good till 2020.
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I am running Window 10. Being on the Liberty 10 plan. I don't worry about the auto updates running when Microsoft feels it is the right time. So far, over the past few months, updates  have been in the 400-500 MB range.
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Isn't there some bittorrent type of updating going on now in 10 that you have to turn off for ISPs like ours ?
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Yes, that is one of the recommended settings for those of us on metered connections. I think everyone, no matter what type if ISP you have, should turn this setting to OFF. It just doesn't seem smart to allow other computers around the world to be able to download files from your personal equipment.

There is a setting in W10 that allows you to turn off the internet connection for sharing the Windows files, but still allows other computers on your LAN to access the files, thus saving the download data for multiple computers on your private network.
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The intranet idea is a good idea.  I'm assuming file and printer sharing like "samba" is included then automatically turned on ?
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I was going to wait before posting this as I'm in the process of trying it out. So right now I don't know if these steps will work but it appears there is a group policy / registry setting that allows you to notify you when updates are available and prevent the automatic downloaded.

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/make-windows-10-notify-you-before-downloading-or-installing-windows-updates

I'm on a Liberty Plan and this is useful for me so that I can download updates near the end of my billing cycle.

I will be posting again once I can confirm that this works but as of right now I can't guarantee this will work.

Cheers,
Joshua
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I believed these were advanced options only on Pro?
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The group policy editor isn't available on the Home edition but the registry settings might still be respected. I have a test working for both Windows Pro and Home editions and I'll report back what I find.