Enable Metered Connection to Delay Windows 10 Updates


Enable Metered Connection to Delay Windows 10 Updates

With Windows 10, system updates will now occur regularly in the background. Like Gmail or Facebook, these updates will be automatic and mandatory. If you want to try to delay these updates, enable the “Metered connection” option in Settings.

Generally speaking, automatic updates are a pretty good idea. Security updates can happen quickly without much user interaction, and it keeps everyone on the same version of the software. However, sometimes updates can bring new bugs, or the sheer size of the updates can blow through a data cap (if you have one). If you would rather have more of a say in this process, you can enable “Metered connection.”

Windows 10 comes with a feature that allows you to specify that your internet connection is capped, throttled, or handicapped in some way. You may be tethering to your phone, on a public Wi-Fi network, or just have a crappy data cap on your home network. By enabling “Metered connection,” Microsoft will respect that by waiting to force a download. To turn it on, follow these steps:


  1. Search in the start menu for “Change Wi-Fi settings”
  2. Click Advanced Options.
  3. Enable the toggle under “Metered connection.”

The one major downside to this method is that it only works if your computer is connected via Wi-Fi. For some reason, Windows 10 doesn’t allow you to specify that your connection is metered when connected via ethernet (despite the fact that many home internet connections have data caps). However, this should help many typical users. Guiding Tech has a few more suggestions on how to delay updates at the source link below.

How to Delay and Block Mandatory Software Updates in Windows 10 | Guiding Tech



Facebook warns regulators: We’ll, uh, delay features if you keep bugging us!


facebook-empathyFacebook is pushing back against the increasing scrutiny it has received in European markets, and it has warned regulators that it might change the rate at which new features are introduced in those markets because of its frustration.

Richard Allan, the company’s head of policy in Europe, said in an opinion piece published by the Financial Times that Facebook simply can’t (or won’t) struggle to meet the demands of multiple regulators working independently of each other.

Of course, this threat is veiled in concern for startups that might be unable to innovate because they won’t know how to navigate Europe’s regulatory system. But this passage is clearly the closest Allan could come to making a direct threat:

For internet companies, too, national regulation would pose serious obstacles. Facebook’s costs would increase, and people in Europe would notice new features arriving more slowly, or not at all. The biggest victims would be smaller European companies. The next big thing might never see the light of day. We know from experience that getting a company off the ground is hard enough already. And if regulation at the national level is adopted, it could stop start-ups before they even really get started. At a time when Europe is looking to create jobs and grow its economy, the results could be disastrous.

Facebook has been under a lot of pressure from European regulators, and this opinion piece, couched though it is in talk of sticking up for small startups, is a clear message that continuing to scrutinize its practices will carry consequences.

And what might those practices be? Well, there’s the allegation that Facebook tracks consumers against their consent, the news that it accidentally (cough) installed cookies on non-Facebook-users’ devices, and a whole raft of criticism that says the company isn’t complying with many of Europe’s privacy laws.

Others have also filed class-action lawsuits slamming the company’s reported involvement with National Security Agency surveillance programs, the large amount of biometric information it collects about its users, and more. Facebook is the donkey to which regulators and consumers alike are pinning their ire.

Now the company is resorting to opinion pieces in the Financial Times to vent its frustrations. Next time it might want to choose a better threat, though: even if European users have to wait for the newest sticker pack or Messenger feature, warning that some new additions to its service will be delayed isn’t that scary.

[Illustration by Brad Jonas for Pando]