Windows 10 has been a huge roll out for Microsoft in a little time. As such, people are still finding “poison pills,” features they hate, in the new OS. One of the big gripes is that you can not turn off automatic updates in Windows 10 Home edition, you can only delay the restart. This is a huge problem for people who pay for the Internet by how much data is used. Windows does have a fail safe setting to avoid Windows 10 update downloads over a metered connection but it defaults all WiFi connections to unmetered. This mean Windows 10 thinks all of your hotspot connections and tethered devices are fair game for downloads. The only way to avoid this is to set your WiFi connection to metered manually.
If you have a hotspot you regularly use it is highly recommended you make this setting change immediately after Windows 10 updates on your non metered connection so that you can make the change before more updates start downloading. That is because you have to be connected before you can change the connection to metered. So if you connect to a metered connection without making sure Windows 10 thinks it is completely updated first, it will automatically start updating and you will be racing the clock to change the setting before too much data is used.
Step 1 to Set WiFi to Metered in Windows 10
First, click the small windows icon in the bottom left of your screen. Then click the settings icon from the pop up menu. Forgive the clutter on my pop up menu, I’m still in the process of deleting unwanted “apps” that Windows 10 installed without asking me.
Step 2 to Set WiFi to Metered in Windows 10
Now, you should see a pop up menu with several icons for changing various behind the scenes settings. Click on the “network and internet” icon.
Step 3 to Set WiFi to Metered in Windows 10
The next pop up menu should show a list of your current available internet connections. (Yes, my connection says “the Cortex.” Browncoats will always keep flying.) You’ll need to connect to the available connection you want to change to metered now, if you haven’t already done so. Once connected, click the “advanced options” text just below the connection list.
Step 4 to Set WiFi to Metered in Windows 10
This last pop up menu will require you to scroll down to find the metered connection section. Scroll down until you see “metered connection” and a small oval with “off” beside it. Click the grey circle to turn the metered connection to “on.” Now that connection (as long as you never “forget” the connection is set for metered whenever you connect to it in the future.
What setting changes and tips are your “must haves” for Windows 10? Tell us in the comments.