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Data Usage with Windows 10


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Windows 10 features "Windows update delivery optimization", meaning it will use YOUR computer (and therefore your internet connection) to upload updates you have downloaded to others. This makes updates for many people faster, but it uses YOUR data connection! To stop this, you need to go to Settings, Updates & Security, Advanced Options, Choose how updates are delivered, and select "PCs on my local network". This turns off the peer to peer update feature. You might also want to set your internet connection as a "metered" connection. That tells Windows you are on a limited data connection. That stops the uploads from your computer and ALSO stops automatic downloads of Windows updates. To set as a metered connection go to Settings, Network and internet, WIFI, Advanced options, and select "Set as metered connection". Note that this also will stop sharing of updates with other computers on your local network.

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It is amazing to me the hoops we will jump through because of the trolls that tariff the bridges to the internet. Clearly, the software developers are designing for a future in connectivity that would already be here were it not for the trolls.

 

The Bell telephone system was the main troll in the telephony and telecommunications world for most of the 20th century and made world wide accessibility available to only those with the $$$$ to pay their tolls. Even in the 1960s the experts were predicting that long distance calls would be free by 1985 but that did not happen until the Internet did an end run around the Bell system (then AT&T) and the FCC. Suddenly, worldwide telephony and even video was available for little or nothing.

 

The products that were designed in the 70s mostly expected free connectivity but had to wait until the Trolls were bypassed.

 

Now, we are swimming in products (over a million in just APPs) that breathe because of the internet but we have to deal with these products as though they were invalids on their last breath and always in need of some air. Reminds me of Total Recall far too much.

 

I wonder how much of the security and privacy fear mongering has its roots inside of Troll Haven?

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Not intended that way. I just spent my career in the telephony and telecommunications industry and I understand the real costs, profit margins and in later years (since 1970) the limitations that industry has imposed on American ingenuity and invention as a side effect.

 

One sign of stagnation is excessive accommodation of an obstacle to growth. The fact that there is growing evidence world wide that good connectivity does not have to cost so much anymore, should be a beacon of hope.

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The biggest data user is the automatic updates that windows 10 forces on you and you can't shut them off. They have been pushing large updates since the release. It's recommend customers disable the Windows feature for sharing updates with other computers outside of your local network as this will incur data usage charges if updates are uploaded to a machine outside of your home network. Chuck

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