I have my connection set to Metered. I went to turn off my computer last night and it said “Update and shut down.” I wasn’t even aware that it downloaded updates, but whatever.
But now, I can’t open my start menu, settings, volume control, etc. I have Firefox pinned to the taskbar and that opens fine. Strangely my network icon says no internet, but I’m using that connection to post this. I tried SFC/scannow and it found nothing. I restarted and that didn’t work. I’m going to try safe mode and making another user and chkdsk and re-installing default Windows apps, I’ll let you guys know how that goes.
But my main complaint is, I don’t want Windows to update. I want to only download security updates I select manually, or at least automatically. Is that possible? How do I keep Windows from downloading ANY updates even on a metered connection?
And I heard somewhere that Windows will reserve 7 GB for updates. Is that true? Can I prevent that as well?
I want to control my computer, not wake up one day and let a machine decide for me how my day is going to go (I wasn’t planning on spending all day making my start menu come up, of all things.)
Maybe the writers at How-To Geek can make an article about this. I’m sure a lot of people would benefit.
UPDATE: I restarted again, attempted to go into safe mode by pressing f8 but I guess that doesn’t work anymore because of why…??? But now my start menu opens, and I can open settings, and everything seems okay. I checked and I hadn’t had my connection set to metered, my bad. But still, it still updates sometimes even when it’s definitely on metered, is there a way to prevent that?
Also when I had first got on my PC today, as soon as I moved the mouse the words “Activate windows 10 in settings” or something along those lines were overlayed on the bottom right of my desktop. It went away when I restarted the first time, but the start menu and all still didn’t work then. Still working now though. Is there a way to see if it’s activated and a way to prevent that from happening again?