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       21 Feb 2018 #10

    Bree said: View Post
    When 1709 was first released (16299.15) you could tick that box in both Home and Pro. As I described, earlier there was a bug in Pro that left the red 'some settings are managed by your organisation' message even after you unticked that box. That has been fixed now, I'm not sure which build fixed it but it is fixed in 16299.248. From the last post on page 2 here it appears that this bug was still being reported as present in 16299.214.

    It always struck me as odd that this was the one and only Policy that could be set in Home, considering that for all other policies gpedit was not available in Home. This may be a deliberate change, then again it may be an unintended side effect of the 'fix' for Pro.

    Either way, I can confirm that in the latest build of Home, attempting to tick that box briefly shows a tick but it is immediately removed again.

    Edit: as the vast majority of automatic downloads are windows updates anyway, I can't see any real advantage for ticking that Policy over just turning off metering.
    Thank you Bree for the explanation. Yes that was what was happening, I was ticking the box and it briefly showed a tick, but it was immediately removed again. I'm glad you've confirmed that this is normal.

    I've downloaded @Brink Option 4 Reg file and will use it.

    Kind Regards, Neil :)
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home x64
       21 Feb 2018 #11

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello @Neil,

    I agree with Bree that you could just turn off metering.

    However, have you already tried Option Two to set it instead?

    If so and it doesn't stay set still, then you could try Option Four to set it via policy.
    Thanks Shawn. I'll run your Option 4 Reg file instead. Kind Regards, Neil :)
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
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       21 Feb 2018 #12

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  4.    08 Jun 2018 #13

    I'm having this issue on build 1803. I cannot click the setting to on as it just turns off again. Ordinarily I wouldn't care but I have discovered that if I don't check it from time to time, my defender definition files don't update which defeats the purpose of having defender installed. The registry fix has been applied, and I tried setting the group policy but as this is windows home, I cannot get that fix to work either. My computer has been set to none metered and yet I still cannot change this setting. How can I fix it, short of rolling back to 1709?
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       08 Jun 2018 #14

    Hello Ethyrdude,

    This appears to be a bug in 1803.

    Did you use the .reg file in step 2 of Option Four, and restart the computer afterwards to apply?
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  6.    08 Jun 2018 #15

    As an aside... I note that there's one too many 'To's in Option Four:

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       08 Jun 2018 #16

    Oops. Thank you Rick. Fixed.
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  8.    08 Jun 2018 #17

    Ethyrdude said:
    if I don't check it from time to time...
    I have a similar issue with the way Microsoft keeps changing MY preferences behind my back. I've long used BGInfo to show various info but now also use it to show the state of various registry/service settings.
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    (In this example, BGInfo shows whether MS has re-installed its telemetry service (DiagTrack - which I deleted) and whether Windows Updates has been re-enabled. [The latter is one that Microsoft appears to re-enable at least once per day.])

    You can use and adapt a generic VBS script to check the state of your chosen registry setting. The check can be triggered on demand or scheduled.

    An example of the generic VBS script I use with BGInfo is as follows:
    Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    strTemp = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DiagTrack\Start"
    If x = 4 then
        status = "Disabled"
        status = "Not Disabled"
    End If
    Echo status

    On my desktop I also have a shortcut to an 'on demand' update to BGInfo. It's a very simple one-liner BAT:
    Call C:\Support\BGInfo\Bginfo.exe C:\Support\BGInfo\Win10.bgi /timer:0 /silent
    This refreshes the BGInfo display and shows me whether MS has (once again) been playing fast and loose with MY preferences.
    Last edited by RickC; 08 Jun 2018 at 23:56.
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  9.    08 Jun 2018 #18

    @Brink: I have tried all the options, I never actually had to use the registry tweak as the DWord was already set to 1. I would say this certainly seems like a bug to me.
    @RickC: I see you are using 1709 Pro, I have 1803 Home. I never had an issue with this using 1709 home. I had another issue with 1803 trying to unmount my hard drives, so I did a full reset which cured that problem but this issue has remained. I would say that 1803 seems to have a number of issues.
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  10.    09 Jun 2018 #19

    I just checked Defender, it was updated an hour ago with no action on my part so I can breath a little easier.
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