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In Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703), we spotted a subtle change about Windows Update. It looked like Microsoft had once again allowed itself to deliver Windows Updates to the PCs even if they were connected on a metered connection.

A metered connection, as the name suggests, is a network connection which is not unlimited in nature. Meaning, after a certain data limit, you’ll be charged for more and also your data may get extinguished. Though not common in homes, but metered connections are always present in hotels, colleges and universities.

Once you use your allotted data limit, you will be charged.

Windows Update reminds that it will download updates automatically on unmetered connections
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In the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 (version 1607), Microsoft had allowed users to set their connections as metered, which would prevent downloading of any automatic updates. Creators Update, however seems to revert that feature and allow Microsoft to deliver ‘critical fixes’ to your PC.

Naturally users are not pleased. In a statement to Windows Latest, Microsoft has confirmed the change.

The statement creates more confusion than before. How does Microsoft define ‘critical updates’? Will they be huge in size? Will they be the same as the Cumulative Updates released each month(they are not quite small)? The debate is an ongoing hot topic among the users in forums and it seems like it will not subside soon.

What do you think? Should Microsoft go ahead with this scheme and deliver updates, no matter what type of connection you use? Or should Microsoft notify the users to download the critical updates, if their PCs are on a metered connection?

I personally believe, a Windows 7 like approach with a few modifications would be better. Check for updates automatically, and display a notification every time the computer logs in. Ultimately the user will find a way to deal with it.

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