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If you use Microsoft Windows, you can likely relate to my colleague Sean Hollister who recently documented at length the number of times that the automatic Windows Update feature has caused him pain.

Sitting through an unwanted update can involve an unwanted restart and will take up your time and internet bandwidth.

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To that end, consider the information below to be out of date, with a more thorough update to come.

As a general rule, an up-to-date operating system is a secure operating system, and some people are terrible at updating their operating systems.

Scroll down and you’ll see the option for Metered connection, and below it the switch to turn it on.

This will reduce data usage and stop Windows updates from being downloaded.

In the window that opens, look for the Windows Update entry in the the right pane. In the window that opens, click the Stop service option, and then set the startup type as Disabled: This document, titled "How To Disable Updates in Windows 7," is available under the Creative Commons license.