Options for controlling updates in Windows 10

Susan Bradley

Win10 Pro and Win10 Pro Version 1511 let everyone push off updates — for weeks or months.

Win10 Home users are mostly out of luck, but a couple of options will still let you take some updating control.

Two safe ways to control Windows 10 updates

As anyone who follows Windows should now know, the task of patching Microsoft’s newest OS is a big change from Win7. One aspect of Win10 updating is superior: the updates are cumulative, so you need only the most recent update to get fully patched — handy when setting up a new PC, rebuilding Windows, or upgrading from an older OS.

On the other hand, Win10 — especially the Home edition — offers fewer options than Win7 and Win8 for controlling whether and when updates are installed.

Win10 Home users have very few options for delaying updates. But they can use a trick that’s reported in an InfoWorld article — tell Windows that you’re on a low-bandwidth, metered Internet connection.

Microsoft knows that there are Windows users accessing the Net via cell-based connection or even dialup. To help prevent big updates from blowing through ISP data caps, Win10 includes the Set as a metered connection option (Settings/Network & Internet/Wi-Fi; note: if your PC doesn’t have a wireless adapter, the Wi-Fi menu option won’t appear).

A Microsoft FAQ lists what happens under a metered connection, but the main point is that only priority updates will be downloaded. Presumably, “priority” updates are typically security patches.

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Susan Bradley

About Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley is a Small Business Server and Security MVP, a title awarded by Microsoft to independent experts who do not work for the company. She's also a partner in a California CPA firm.