For someone uses Windows 10 on their laptop, they already noted that the cumulative updates are no longer optional. Instead, it’s compulsory to the system. Once updates are ready, your OS will download and install it as long your laptop is in online status.
Sometimes the updates may cause a problem to your system, or maybe there’s a bug which forces you to wait until the next update.
But in this case, it’s not because of those bugs that make most people gets annoyed. It is because the forced update policy can take up internet resources.
So the question is, how to deal with this issue ?.
1st Solution: Disable Windows Update Services
By disabling the Services, it will suspend the cumulative updates. But it is just temporarily, and surely it will self-activate at a particular time.
***Note: Check your Windows 10 Edition first (this method does not work on Home Edition)
Here the steps to follow:
- Launch the Run app – press Windows key+R > type services.msc and hit enter
- Select Windows Update > double-click to open Windows Update Properties
- Under General tab click Stop > Startup type: select Disabled
- Click Apply then OK
To manually re-enable it back, follow step 1 & 2 above, but under the General tab > Startup type: select Manual > click Apply > click Start and OK.
2nd Solution: Set Metered Connection
The Metered Connection setting can only function as to limit the internet connection data usage (with a certain amount of data).
So by doing this, there are only some of the Windows updates won’t download and install automatically.
This setting can work with Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity as well. Unfortunately, I’m using the latest version of Windows 10, so I’m not sure about the older version.
To Enable Metered Connection for:
- Open Windows Settings, press Windows key+I > Network & Internet
- Go to Wi-Fi > select your connected Network > turn On Set as metered connection
- Open Windows setting by press Windows key+I > Network & Internet
- Go to Ethernet > Ethernet > turn On Set as metered connection
3rd Solution: Wi-Fi and Ethernet Data Limit Setting
Start with 17063 version. Windows 10 allows you to set your custom data limits for Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and restrict background data. This feature is useful to someone who has a limited data plan.
Do the following steps to set your data limit:
- Open Windows Settings press Windows key+I > Network & Internet
- Data Usage > choose your Network under Show setting for
- Click Set limits under Data limit
Now, on the next screen, set your data limit and save.
4th Solution: Restrict Background Data
Also, you can also restrict background data to reduce data usage on your Wi-Fi Network.
On the recent Windows 10 versions, Windows features and Store apps regularly use Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) to update automatically.
So, this setting can help you limit what Store App and Windows features do in the background.
To restrict background data, follow these steps :
- Open Windows Settings – Windows key+I > Network & Internet
- Data Usage > under Background Data choose Always
5th Solution: Pause Updates Setting
On Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise edition, you can set your updates to pause temporarily from being download and install up to 35 days.
But, before it can be pause again, your machine needs to get the latest version of updates. To pause your updates, follow these steps:
- Open Windows Settings – Windows key+I > Update & Security
- Windows Update > Advanced options
- Turn On the Pause Updates
The Up-to-Date Laptop/Personal Computer System
An up-to-date laptop or PC are less exposed to the possibility of being harmed. Not only less vulnerable to attack but also offer us many excellent features in those updates, so we can’t quickly get bored when using it.
So, in most cases, Windows forced update policy is a good thing (maybe someone will differ). That’s why Microsoft always let users offer feedback to solve particular issues.