Windows 10 update used up data

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A few days ago Microsoft apparently did an update to Windows 10. It did not ask me if I wanted to update it, it just did it by itself. I had only used maybe 4GB for my monthly allotment and within 1/2 hour I was at my 10GbB  of data allowance. Now I'm data restricted. If I had known that it was going to use up all my data I would have done something different. I wasn't even home when it was done. Half of the websites time-out on me and I can't do anything. Very disappointed.
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Steven Pemberton

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If I had known that it was going to use up all my data I would have done something different.
You want to do those other different things, starting right now.  Microsoft has always been wasteful and careless of resources that are not its own, and its attitude is only going to get worse.

The following are some suggestions that might be of help to you:

  1. Permanently turn off Windows automatic updates by doing the following: start up windows; go to the start menu and open the "Run" box; in the Run box, type in "services.msc" to start up the Windows services manager;  in "services.msc" select the Windows automatic updates service and set its startup mode to "manual" and then never start that service.  I have never been forced to use Windows 10, so I can't personally say that this has worked for me.  However, I have read that this does work for Windows 10, and I do personally know that this works for both Windows XP and Windows 7.  You want to do this before you get back to high data mode.  In the future, if you want to update Windows, you can manually download the updates from the Microsoft online catalog and install them offline.  The advantage of doing all of this is that you regain control of how your data is used, or not used, by Microsoft.

  2. You want to apply the above methodology to all of the programs you have running under Windows.  Windows has a number of streaming "apps," all of which you want to turn off or remove.  Specifics for other programs will depend on the program in question.

  3. If you want, you can buy say, 1 GB more data, to get you through the end of this billing period.  Before you do, my recommendation is to complete the above 2 steps so that you don't burn through that data as well.

  4. I have found that my being able to speed limit my internet connection on my end to about 0.15 Mbps for everyday internet activities has been an enormous benefit to me.  Possibly, there are routers that can do it but I haven't seen any so far.  I way I do it is by having Windows in a virtual machine under VMWare and it is in VMWare where I speed limit my internet connection.  Please keep in mind that, with VMWare, starting with VMWare 10, you have full control over what speed limit you have in place and that you can change it at any time.  You might want to do put your Windows in a virtual machine under VMWare.  VMWare can run under either Windows or Linux, but I will always have it run under Linux.  Under no circumstances, will I ever allow Windows to install directly on my computer.

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Hi Steven, xode0000 has provided some great tips on how to save data with Windows 10. Exede does not have a function to prevent this from occurring. Here is a link that will walk you through how to change your settings for Windows 10.
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Bev, Champion

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With the creator's update, you are now able to set a WIRED connection to METERED in windows 10. Doing that will prevent it downloading all but mandatory updates. (Security updates, updates needed to prevent crashes.) Those it will still download automatically. Also make sure it is not sending updates to anyone onver the internet, only on your LAN, that way only one device using windows 10 needs to download the update, the others can get it form that one on your home or local network.
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Steven Pemberton

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Thank you everyone for the great fixes. I have turned off automatic updates for now and will check daily for critical updates.