How to Stop Specific Connections to Automatically Download Updates in Windows 10



Ever wonder about the term “metered” in your Windows, Samsung and Apple Computer and Cellular devices? I know most of you have come across this terms more than once.

The term “metered” means that Windows will only download updates up to certain limit when you are connected to a metered connection or simply will not download them at all. For example, the most of the cellular data connections are by default set as metered in many cellular network data plans.

The Windows 10 operating system provides one very useful feature to control you automatic updates and downloads in a metered connection.

If you have limited data connection then Windows 10 provide you the features to automatically mark a particular connection as metered so that Windows 10 won’t start auto update automatically. It’s a great feature to have especially when you are traveling and you don’t have much data leverage or don’t have a good quality internet connection.

However, if you have an unlimited bandwidth connection then Windows 10 will let you choose your connection bandwidth utilization by setting it to “unmetered” based on your personal requirements.

Preventing Specific Connections to Start Automatic Download in Windows 10:

For doing these changes:

  1. Go to Windows Settings > Network & Internet >
  2. Select > Wi-Fi.
  3. Click “Manage Known Networks“. Manage known network connections
  4. Then select your desired Wi-Fi network and then select Properties.
  5. Finally, enable the Set as metered connection to On, this will only affect the Wi-Fi networks. Windows will always keep the settings for each separate Wi-Fi network.
  6. You can turn off the metered connection anytime, by changing the set as metered connection settings to Off.

After making these changes, Windows Update will automatically display the newly updated Status based on your connection settings.

That’s it.

However, if you are only interested in disabling the automatic download of drivers of Windows update then you need to go to the control panel.

  1. Then go to System & Security > System > Advanced System Settings.
  2. Select and click the hardware tab.
  3. Then click the Device Installation Settings, and
    1. Select the second option of No, let me choose what to do.
  4. Click to Save Changes


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