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I have a very slow Internet connection and don't want Live Tiles using up my bandwidth for updates.

Is there a way to shut them off?

I've changed the Show updates for Tiles in the settings but still they show up.

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FWIW, you can also set your connection as being metered (if you haven't already), which limits Live Tile updates to 50Mb/month, but also tells your applications to minimize the amount of bandwidth they consume. –  Matt Oct 31 '12 at 17:56

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You can disable live update for each tile by right-clicking it and choosing "Turn live tile off":

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In the interface, you do not have an option to change a live tile’s update frequency. There might be some registry hack to do it.

An easier way would be: To turn off individual tiles, right-click the tile on the Metro startpage, and select the turn live tile off option on the bottom toolbar.

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If you don't want to do this on a per-app basis, you can disable Live Tile notifications, Toast messages, and communications with the Windows Push Notification Service in the following Local Group Policy branch:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Task Bar\Notifications

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Just right click on the tile and select Turn live tile off

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If you don't want to use the Metro interface with live tiles then you can install Classic Shell which is available at http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/ This will remove the Metro interface being default and will default you to the regular desktop with a Start menu.

Moderator deleted my last answer saying effectively the same thing, I think I am answering the question you asked which is "Is there a way to shut them off?"

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Probably because this answer amounts to: "To turn off the bathroom faucet, first remove the plumbing from your house..." –  Clockwork-Muse Oct 31 '12 at 16:39
    
Genuinely do not think it does, because it doesn't remove anything. –  Steve Oct 31 '12 at 18:02
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Reading Comprehension 101: When he says "shut them off", he's referring to the updates, not the live tiles themselves. –  Karan Oct 31 '12 at 18:07
    
Still... nice to have the start menu back... –  Steve Oct 31 '12 at 18:09
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But he didn't ask how to get the start menu back. He asked how to turn off live tile updates. –  Matthew Nov 6 '12 at 0:19

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