According to data published last month by LANDesk and refreshed by Computerworld with October's numbers, Windows 10 cumulative updates for the three versions of the new OS have surged in size.
Updates for Windows 10 version 1507 -- the debut that launched in July 2015 -- have grown 153% (for the 32-bit edition) and 181% (64-bit), from 184MB and 368MB to 466MB and 1,034MB (or over a gigabyte), respectively, in just over a year.
Those for version 1511 -- Windows 10's first "feature update," issued in November 2015 -- exploded in comparison: The first 64-bit 1511 update was 49MB, but the cumulative update released earlier this month was a whopping 989MB, for a growth rate of 1,918% in under 12 months.
The newest Windows 10, version 1607 -- released in early August -- has also expanded, with the 64-bit edition climbing 591% from 113MB in August to 781MB this month.
"Cumulative updates start out big and become enormous over time," Stephen Brown, director of product management at LANDesk, a maker of enterprise endpoint management software, wrote in a post to a company blog on Sept. 21.
Updates increase in size because they are cumulative; October's 989MB update for 1511 included not only new fixes, but also those in every prior update. September's, in turn, included new fixes as well as those in August's and July's and June's and....
And so on and so on.
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Hughes users on legacy daily plans and lower level plans are really going to get squeezed.
"but what makes it really bad is that users have no control of the time of day that these updates occur."
Besides doing a registry hack about the only thing to do is to get a wireless adapter for all wired computers and connect wirelessly. That way you can set the Win10 WiFi setting to "metered" and not receive any updates while so connected.
Reconnecting by Ethernet will cause updates to be downloaded. It is recommended that the "metered" setting be checked after every Windows update cycle because some updates will cause settings to revert to the default values.
Wow. I know this article is a little old, but I just updated my laptop today with the Oct 27th update. When I updated my desktop with this it was slightly over 380MBs. With my laptop it was 641MBs. Sheesh. They both have Windows 10 Pro.
Actually, it was worse. It was 690MBs, not 641MBs. I had the slider in the wrong place in Glasswire.
Good question. It's been so long since I've had Windows 7 that I honestly don't remember, but I hate to say that I don't think there is a way to do it. You could set it to just check for updates, but then manually download them in the morning or something. That's about the only thing I can think of.
Your first month probably went well due to the initial 20 days of daily resets, so your monthly data amount really only had to last for ten or eleven days instead of the normal thirty or thirty one.
Hopefully you'll eventually be able to fine tune your usage so you won't have to buy anymore tokens in the future. It can be a trick, though, especially when you have multiple devices.
Well, they give the 20 days of resets to allow people to bring all of their devices to a current state without it affecting what would be a their normal monthly data allotment. Upgrades, updates, downloading new programs/apps, etc. Sometimes doing so can use quite a large amount of data.
Getting the devices set to NOT auto update is a big thing. Also, one of the other things is syncing. If you have Windows 10, make sure it's turned off, and make sure to turn off "Update from more than one place" in your update options. That one's really a pain for a capped service. It's under "Choose how updates are delivered", which is under the advanced options in your update settings. Using the cloud is also another bad one. Syncing and updating from more than one place can be constant data drains.
The actual updates for the OS's aren't all that huge, but "huge" is relative, of course. For my three computers the OS updates are usually in between one and one and a half gigs, combined. Then program/app updates are a bit more, but really not more than 2GB for everything, normally. Then again, it all depends on what you have, and what versions of software you have, of course. The difference in the sizes of the exact same updates for my laptop and desktop, which have the exact same OS, are ridiculous. The laptop updates were nearly twice the size of the desktop updates.
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