Windows 10 Creators Update May Force Windows Updates Over Metered Connections

Just a week ago, Microsoft was facing criticism for its decision to include Windows OneDrive ads within File Explorer — even for Windows 10 users that are already paying for the service. Today, Microsoft is once again fighting some pushback for a wording change that was discovered in the newest build of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update

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The change only pertains to users that have a metered connection, either through a wired ISP like Comcast or Cox, or via wireless means (i.e. AT&T or Verizon Wireless). Previously, Windows 10 presented the following language with regards to updates for these users:

Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically, except over metered connections (where charges may apply).

However, that language has now been updated to state:

We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where changes may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.

This new wording is also somewhat of a clarification from the Windows 10 Metered Internet connection FAQ, which many users probably wouldn’t even know to consult. The FAQ notes that “Windows Update will only download priority updates.” Putting this disclaimer front and center gives users proper notice that Microsoft will still downloaded what “it” thinks is best for the user despite your chosen settings.

It is quite possible that Microsoft may change this language before the Creators Update hits RTM, but that is probably unlikely this late in the game. We also don’t know exactly what those “required updates” entail. It could be that Microsoft is simply wanting to keep users protected (at all costs) from potential security threats. That motive, at least, would be in keeping with previous comments from Microsoft on this subject.

“As always, we believe in the value of keeping devices ‘up to date,’ and recommend that you choose the installation defaults that Windows 10 provides so you will always have the latest features, apps, and security updates,” said Microsoft earlier this month. “However, when you need more control over the update experience, you will have new choices.”