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Set Your Ethernet Connection as Metered in Windows 10 to control Updates, Drivers, Store and others

Enabling a metered connection will help stop your data being wasted on things you don’t need or want.

A metered connection can also be handy if you have a slow internet connection because you’ll be able to stop Windows using your bandwidth on some background tasks, allowing it to focus on what’s necessary.
One of the key points about enabling a metered connection is that it’ll stop Windows Update forcing downloads on you. It’ll also mean other background updates, like those in apps or Start Menu tiles, won’t necessarily be automatic.

Set Up a Metered Connection in CREATORS UPDATE

Press Windows key + I to open Settings and select Network & Internet. In the left-hand menu, select either Wi-Fi or Ethernet, depending on which network connection you wish to set to metered.

You need the Creators Update so that you can set your Ethernet to metered.

Set Up a Metered Connection in Ethernet for the Anniversary Update

For some reason Microsoft has not provided a straightforward way to set Ethernet (LAN) connections as Metered.

WARNING:Before you make any changes, make sure to understand that you’ll be modifying the Windows registry, which could be a dangerous game that can cause irreversible damage to your computer when changes are not done properly. It’s recommended that you do a full backup of your system before proceeding.

1.Use the Windows key + R to open the Run command, type regedit, and click OK to open the Windows registry.

2.With the registry open, copy and paste the following path into the address bar at the top and press Enter:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost]

3.Right-click the DefaultMediaCost key and select Permissions.

4.On the Security tab, click the Advanced button.

5.Next to TrustedInstaller, click the Change link.

6.Type Administrators, and click the Check Names button to make sure you’re typing the correct object.

7.Click OK.

8.On the Advanced Security Settings for DefaultMediaCost, check the “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.

9.Click Apply.

10. Click OK.

11.On Permissions for DefaultMediaCost, select the Administrators group, and then make sure to check the allow Full Control box.

12.Click Apply.
13. Click OK.
14.On the DefaultMediaCost key, you’ll find different entries, including for 3G, 4G, Default, Ethernet, and WiFi with their default data values: 1 or 2. The data value 1 means that the connection type is non-metered, and the data value of 2 means that the connection type is metered. Double-click the Ethernet DWORD (32-bit) Value key, and change the value to 2.

Click OK. Close the registry and restart your computer to complete the process.
Once you set a metered connection, the operating system will stop using the internet in many ways. For example:

Windows updates will no longer download automatically. However, priority updates will continue to download when available. Apps will no longer update automatically. Live Tiles on the Start menu may stop downloading updates. Offline content may not sync with other devices.
In the case you want to revert to the original settings, using the same instructions mentioned above, make sure to change the Ethernet key data value from 2 to 1.

If you want to verify your Ethernet connection is set to metered, you can use apps, such as the desktop version of Outlook, which will detect and alert you that you are using a metered connection, as you probably won’t see any “Metered network” statics on the App history tab in Task Manager.

Obviously, you should also notice a reduced amount of data usage at the end of the month on your internet connection plan.

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