Windows 10 can download extra software for connected devices automatically. This software is created by the device's vendor and can add extra value for your smartphone, printers, scanners, web cameras and so on. It can be extra drivers, tools or useful utilities. By default, Windows 10 doesn't download such software when your network connection is set as metered. You can override this behavior using three methods reviewed in this article.
Every time Microsoft releases a new cumulative update for Windows 10, it appears on Windows Update servers. For end users, their computers fetch updates automatically from these servers, utilizing valueable internet bandwidth. While Windows Update has some tricks of its own related to Delivery Optimization to share updates across other PCs in a network, it is sometimes convenient to download the offline installer of a big update. If you have more than one computer and would like to save your time and bandwidth, you can download and install the update manually on all of them.
A critical flaw was found in all Intel processors launched in the past decade. The vulnerability can allow an attacker to gain access to protected kernel memory. This chip-level security flaw cannot be fixed with a CPU microcode (software) update. Instead, it requires modification of the OS kernel.
Windows 10 is able to download some updates even if your connection was set as metered. This can be useful, if you are facing an issue which is fixed in a pending update which is not downloading because of the metered connection. Or if your metered connection has some data limit left for the day to allow extra downloading of data, then you may want to use it to finish updates. In this article, we will see how to enable updates over a metered connection in Windows 10.
Back in 2015, Microsoft allowed users with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to upgrade their operating system to Windows 10 for free. After some time, the same option was provided for users depending on assistive technology, and this option is still available. The Redmond software giant will end the free offer for assistive technology users by December 31, 2017.
As you may already know, it is possible to limit the Windows Update bandwidth and prevent Windows 10 from using all of your Internet connection to download huge updates. The option is available starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Windows 10 version 1803 "Redstone 4" features even more options to configure the bandwidth limit.
As you may already know, currently you are able to get Windows 10 for free using your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 key. You can use it in Windows 10 and the OS will become activated. Another way to get it is a special web site which offers the OS for free for users who use assistive technologies. Now, the Redmond software giant has decided to end the free offer for assistive technology users by the end of the year.
It is possible to quickly find which Group Policies are applied to Windows Update in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using the GUI. If you are running Windows 10 version 1709, follow the instructions in this article.
Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, it is very easy to see Windows Update bandwidth and prevent Windows 10 from using all of your Internet connection to download huge updates. Let's see how it can be done.