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The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

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Associate Professor

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

Yeah, apparently they fixed the 1809 update for general downloading this week (for those that didn't get it before the bad one was released).

 

When they're not doing GB-level updates semi-annually, they're doing GB-level cumulative updates practically weekly. And that doesn't include the multitude of app updates, which also seemingly update weekly.

 

Defender updates fairly regularly with generally small 2-10MB files. Adobe Flash updates are also usually small, generally 22MB each.

 

The big mistake was thinking I should keep a version of Windows' Office in my VM'd copy of Win10. That seems to also require a 1.5GB update weekly, and it won't do anything at all if you have metered switched on.


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
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Tutor

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

I check these stinkers once or sometimes twice a month for updates. They usually want a few hundred MB each.

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Associate Professor

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

I have this process I go through before 8am to use the Bonus bytes:
1. Phone app updates + podcast downloads

2. Apple system updates (if available)
3. Apple store updates

4. nonApple Mac updates (using Macupdate).
5. Mac Office updates (if available - usally second week of month ~10th-15th).
6. Homebrew/Howebrew cask updates.

7. Anything useful in Usenet

8. Parallels VM updates
8a. Fedora updates (dnf)
8b. Windows 10 updates (includes checking Microsoft store)


* Disclaimer: I am a HughesNet customer and not a HughesNet employee. All of my comments are my own and do not necessarily represent HughesNet in any way.
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Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed


@GW wrote:

I did the windoze updates on two W10 computers this morning, The two pigs sucked down over 450 MB of bonus bytes data. After all this was installed and rebooted, I ran the check again on both compiuters. Now, the windows pig says it wants more updates of 2.07 GB and 2.09 GB.

 

  I've been following this discussion with interest, since I  got rid of MS Windoze in 2014.  I've been running the latest version of Linux Mint since then.

 

  I have complete control of updates, no anti-virus, defragger, or optimizer programs needed. It comes with a ton of programs, including a full office suite, and the GIMP image editor.   Anything else you want can be downloaded for free.

 

  The original ISO is about 1.9 gig, but updates don't seem to use much data.

 

  It's not as user friendly as Windoze, but there's a huge Linux user community online that can help you over any rough spots.

 

 

"The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of “loyalty” and “duty.” Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute--get out of there fast. You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed."

 

Lazarus Long

 

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Assistant Professor

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

@gaines_wright, many of us here have tried Linux on other hard drives and virtual machines in the past and play with it off and on.

 

I really like it but simply haven't been ready to take the final leap to it full time. For me, I have a lot of old Windows based software like games that I still dig out and play at times. Not ready to spend the time figuring out all the compatibilty work arounds right now with Linux. Also not sure if the Linux DosBox posted on their site works with Mint as that's something I haven't tried yet.

 

Again, just not ready to switch to a totally different OS. Maybe when my Win 8.1 Pro is no longer supported.

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Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed


@BirdDog wrote:

 

I really like it but simply haven't been ready to take the final leap to it full time. For me, I have a lot of old Windows based software like games that I still dig out and play at times.......

 

  You can run Linux as a dual boot. IOW you decide which OS to run at boot up.  Otherwise the learning curve to run windows programs under Linux WINE, looks pretty steep to me.   

 

Again, just not ready to switch to a totally different OS. Maybe when my Win 8.1 Pro is no longer supported.

 

  To tell you the truth, I didn't switch until MS pulled the plug on XP.  Of course, it helped that XP suddenly started crashing all of the time, after running for years with minimal problems.  What a coincidence!

 

 


 

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Tutor

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

I have the iso files for cinnamon and mate stored on a drive but never use them. I depend on too many things that require windoze. I suppose it wouldn't hurt me to use Linux Mint on at least one of the W10 laptops but I can't do it on my main W7 computer. Maybe I'll have to change over later when W7 is killed off. No way will I ever use W10 on an important computer.

 

Dual boot never worked out well for me. Maybe it's because I refuse to put the two different OS on the same hard drive. The end game is I always finish off with a 24 hour stint trying to rescue my computer

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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

@GW

 

Very interesting.  I have never had mine set to metered, but instead had them set to notify me of pending downloads by changing the option in the Group Policy Editor.  That would stop them until I initiated the download.  And, though it would tell me what updates were needed, it wouldn't tell me how much data they would, or could, use for the download.

 

I'll have to try the "metered" way and see how it goes.  Thanks for the info, and the pics.  Smiley Happy 


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Distinguished Professor IV

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed


@BirdDog wrote:

@gaines_wright, many of us here have tried Linux on other hard drives and virtual machines in the past and play with it off and on.

 

I really like it but simply haven't been ready to take the final leap to it full time.


That's me.  I like Linux Mint, but just haven't taken the full dive.  I have 18.3 Cinnamon on a separate HDD in this desktop that I occasionally play around with, and I dabble in Linux somewhat when I'm fooling around with Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi.  

 

I do like it, and if there was ever a reason that I had to change to it exclusively I could do so without much of a problem, but I'm too used to Windows and the things I can do with it, including playing the few PC games that I own once in a blue moon.  


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Distinguished Professor II

Re: The Windows 10 data hog begs to be fed

I love Linux Mint myself and have it installed on an old laptop, but I am required to use Windows 10 for work, so can't use Linux as much as I would like. 

 


@GabeU wrote:

 

 


That's me.  I like Linux Mint, but just haven't taken the full dive.  I have 18.3 Cinnamon on a separate HDD in this desktop that I occasionally play around with, and I dabble in Linux somewhat when I'm fooling around with Raspbian on my Raspberry Pi.  

 

I do like it, and if there was ever a reason that I had to change to it exclusively I could do so without much of a problem, but I'm too used to Windows and the things I can do with it, including playing the few PC games that I own once in a blue moon.