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There are a few possibilities - unfortunately, the number of hops is irrelevant. The first is compression - if the data you were downloading is uncompressed, and your VPN offers compression then this could explain it - however most files transferred are likely to be compressed, so this is not as likely as it would seem at first blush. The second and third ...


There is a setting in the Store application to stop automatic updates. If you want to manually update them, you can select which modern UI apps to update. Edit: To block livetile updates, you could try blocking Windows Explorer from accessing the internet.

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