How to set a Metered Connection for Windows 10 Home users

Setting a metered connection helps you gain control of the automatic updates from Microsoft

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    How to set a Metered Connection for Windows 10 Home users - Setting a metered connection helps you gain control of the automatic updates from Microsoft

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    The two scripts can be found in the zipped folder.

    After downloading the zipped folder, before you extract be wise and do a virus scan.

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    Interesting that after unzipping the .cmd files wont copy and paste into notepad.
     
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    That may be Windows 10 SmartScreen preventing you doing that. If its alert pops up after you have right-clicked one of the cmd scripts and chosen Edit click More info then Run anyway to see it inside a Notepad, or whatever your default text editor is.

    Here are the scripts if you want to play around with them:

    MeteredConnectionON.cmd

    REM Change owner from TrustedInstaller to Administrators

    SetACL.exe -on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" -ot reg -actn setowner -ownr "n:Administrators"

    REM Give Administrators Full Control

    SetACL.exe -on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:Administrators;p:full"

    REM Modify DWORD Values 3G, 4G, Default, Ethernet, WiFi to have data values of 0x00000002 (2) - metered connection

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v 3G /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v 4G /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v Default /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v Ethernet /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v WiFi /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    PAUSE


    MeteredConnectionOFF.cmd

    REM Change owner from TrustedInstaller to Administrators

    SetACL.exe -on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" -ot reg -actn setowner -ownr "n:Administrators"

    REM Give Administrators Full Control

    SetACL.exe -on "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" -ot reg -actn ace -ace "n:Administrators;p:full"

    REM Modify DWORD Values 3G, 4G, Default, Ethernet, WiFi to have data values of 0x00000002 (2) - metered connection or 0x00000001 (1) - metered connection off

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v 3G /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v 4G /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000002

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v Default /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v Ethernet /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

    REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost" /f /v WiFi /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001

    PAUSE

    Regards,

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    A good useful article.

    With W10 Pro, upgrades can be delayed for up to 12 months but updates for 4 weeks. Can that 4 weeks be extended using a similar workaround?
     
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    The settings changed here are the same as those which would be changed using Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Professional.

    I've never waited 4 weeks for upgrades so I'm not sure whether adjusting your Registry would override the 4 week limit, but it may well do given Microsoft promise not to automatically download and install on a metered connection.
     
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