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    Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10

    Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Allow Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10
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    15 Sep 2018
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    Enable or Disable Allow Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10


    By default, Windows Update in Windows 10 will automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where charges may apply). In that case, Windows Update will automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.

    If wanted, you are able to allow Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered data connections (charges may apply).

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Update to automatically download updates over metered data connections in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Settings
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file
    • Option Three: Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Four: Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file





    Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Settings

    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Update & security icon.

    2. Click/tap on the Advanced options link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Check (on) or uncheck (off - default) Enabling this policy will automatically download updates, even over metered connections (charges may apply) for what you want. (see screenshots below)

    If you are currently in a Skip Ahead Insider build (ex: build 17017), then this setting will say Automatically download updates, even over metered connections (charges may apply) instead.

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    4. Click/tap on Check for updates in Windows Update to update the Some settings are managed by your organization message on Windows Update.

    5. You can now close Settings if you like.






    Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10
    Turn On or Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings

    AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork DWORD

    0 = Off (default)
    1 = On


    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_ON_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

    download


     3. To Turn Off Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_OFF_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. Restart the computer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    9. Click/tap on Check for updates in Windows Update to update the Some settings are managed by your organization message on Windows Update.






    Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections in Local Group Policy Editor


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Four below to set this same policy.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows Update

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    3. In the right pane of Windows Update in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow updates to be downloaded automatically over metered connections policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable), step 6 (disable), or step 7 (not configured) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

    This setting will override whatever is set in Option One or Option Two above.

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     6. To Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

    This setting will override whatever is set in Option One or Option Two above.

    A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)


     7. To Set this Policy to Default of Not Configured

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

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    8. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

    9. Click/tap on Check for updates in Windows Update to update the Some settings are managed by your organization message on Windows Update.






    Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Allow Automatic Updates over Metered Connections in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections using a REG file


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate

    AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork DWORD

    <delete> = Not configured (default)
    0 = Disabled
    1 = Enabled


    1. Do step 2 (enabled), step 3 (disabled), or step 4 (not configured) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

    This setting will override whatever is set in Option One or Option Two above.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Enable_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Automatically Download Updates over Metered Connections

    This setting will override whatever is set in Option One or Option Two above.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Disable_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

    download


     4. To Set this Policy to Default of Not Configured

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Not_Configured_AllowAutoWindowsUpdateDownloadOverMeteredNetwork.reg

    download


    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. Restart the computer to apply.

    9. If you like, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.

    10. Click/tap on Check for updates in Windows Update to update the Some settings are managed by your organization message on Windows Update.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       25 Oct 2017 #1

    What updates do actually download over metered connections?


    Since the Creators Update the mysterious wording in Windows Update has puzzled many, and Microsoft hasn't exactly been forthcoming. Just what updates are "required to keep Windows running smoothly"?

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    It doesn't help that the behaviour of updates over metered connections was broken with the launch of Anniversary Updates (1607) and has never really worked properly since.
    Slartybart said: View Post
    Windows Update (WU) finds Defender definition updates, but seems to hang downloading 0%
    There is no message re: metered ... will download later ...
    Set Wireless Network as Metered or Non-Metered in Windows 10 (post #51)

    In 1607 and then in 1703, with metered connections turned on cumulative updates ignore the 'metered' state and try to download anyway, hanging at 2% until you turn off metering. You never got shown the 'Download' button as you should (but you did get asked when the only update was a Defender definitions update).

    Fall Creators Update 1709 seems to have resolved both those issues. Checking for updates over metered connections now appears to work as intended, and it is becoming clear which updates are "required to keep Windows running smoothly". Apparently a Flash security update is too urgent to delay, while a cumulative update can wait for an unmetered connection.

    Note   Note
    I think it's worth noting that my screenshot of the Flash update that downloaded over a metered connection while the CU didn't is the default behaviour before changing any settings, especially not the box to allow updates over metered connections.

    This was tested on a fresh upgrade of 1703 to 1709, metering was turned on and I went straight to checking for updates without touching any other setting or policy.

    ie. this is what Microsoft mean by saying they will download updates over a metered connection that are "required to keep Windows running smoothly". Presumably the policy box you can tick will allow all other updates too, not just the ones Microsoft deem as "required...".

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  2.    24 Jan 2018 #2

    You said: "Click/tap on Check for updates in Windows Update to update the Some settings are managed by your organization message on Windows Update." This doesn't work for me (1709 Jan 2018 updates). I unchecked the box and restored any changes in group policy to "not configured", rebooted, and checked for updates. The box remains unchecked but the red "some settings..." dialog remains.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
    Thread Starter
       24 Jan 2018 #3

    Hello Ron, :)

    What build do you currently have installed?

    Do you have a View configured update policies link under the Some settings are managed by your organization text at the top of the Windows Update page to see what it shows?

    View Configured Update Policies in Windows 10 Windows Update Activation Tutorials
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  4.    20 Feb 2018 #4

    I'm fairly certain that the first paragraph of this tutorial has a typo, i.e. "those updates requited to keep Windows running smoothly" should perhaps be "those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly".

    But what do I know? :)
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
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       20 Feb 2018 #5

    Thank you Rick. Typo corrected. :)
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  6. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 8,602
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       20 Feb 2018 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Ron, :)

    What build do you currently have installed?

    Do you have a View configured update policies link under the Some settings are managed by your organization text at the top of the Windows Update page to see what it shows?

    View Configured Update Policies in Windows 10 Windows Update Activation Tutorials
    If you have Pro version 1709 there is* a bug that, if you ticked the policy box in Advanced options for 'download updates, even over metered connections' the Some settings are managed by your organization text would remain, even if you unticked it again.

    See my post #5 in that thread for how to remove it.

    * there certainly was, I haven't checked recently to see if it's been fixed. Strangely, this bug never affected Home.

    Edit: The bug appears to have been fixed some time before build number 16299.248
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  7. Neil Macready's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Home x64
       21 Feb 2018 #7

    Hi Shawn @Brink

    I'm running Windows 10 Home Edition, and for some reason, it won't allow me to check the box "Enabling this policy will automatically download updates, even over metered data connections (charges may apply)" and I'm not sure why?

    Can you please help.

    Thanks mate.

    Regards, Neil :)

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  8. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 8,602
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       21 Feb 2018 #8

    Neil Macready said: View Post
    Hi Shawn @Brink

    I'm running Windows 10 Home Edition, and for some reason, it won't allow me to check the box "Enabling this policy will automatically download updates, even over metered data connections (charges may apply)" and I'm not sure why?
    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.
    Last edited by Bree; 21 Feb 2018 at 08:56.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
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       21 Feb 2018 #9

    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.
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