Controlling Win 10 Data Usage on low bandwidth connections (aka – SHUTUP WINDOWS 10!) – Forums

I can\’t seem to get a handle on windows 10 saturating my connection every time it has an internet connection, looking for ideas/suggestions. Things I\’ve already tried:Setting the connection to metered – Doesn\’t seem to make much of a difference, even if I set the registry values for all connectionsDisabled delivery optimization serviceTurned off Windows update, and BITS servicesTurned off windows spotlightClosed processes related to MSoffice (click to run) and Lenovo software that wanted network accessUsed win10 debloater to turn off cortana, removed ondrive, turned off telemetry, set all privacy optionsUsed TCP view and performance monitor to watch what\’s connecting, no dice – looks like SVChost is chugging away on behalf of somethingContext: Bringing my new laptop up North where my options for internet access involve dialup or using my limited phone data plan. As soon as I tether my phone, data usage skyrockets and will not stop. If I connect over dialup (via USB modem) same story, saturated at 5KB/s and I can\’t browse or do anything else. As a fallback I have my old Core 2 laptop running windows 7 and it will only use as much data as needed, when needed. Is there a recommended or free firewall that could perhaps block processes case by case? I had Symantec endpoint protection on another system and used that to block processes back in the day. Windows firewall seems to not have that level of fine control.

That will be svchost\’s Windows Update dysfunctionlity. Microsoft makes it increasingly difficult to disable with every new Windows version.The aptly-named O&O Shutup may still be able to disable Windows updates.Comodo firewall (use the free version, not the subscription version that\’s loaded with snake oil) can block network access on a per-application basis. You will need to remove multiple semi-hidden default rules to be able to restrict svchost to only essential network access, such as DHCP.Disabling Windows Updates permanently, however, is not recommended as you will not receive security updates to fix Microsoft\’s mistakes. It should only be done while you don\’t have reasonable Internet access.

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