Is there any way to disable Windows Update from trying to download updates when using a wifi connection or tethered through a phone? On slow wifi connections, having Windows Update hog part of the bandwidth slows browsing down a lot, and sometimes when tethering I'm paying according to amount of data transferred.

  • PS - I'm not interested in switching to manual updates, that would be cumbersome. Apr 27, 2011 at 2:24
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    How about stopping the Windows Update service from the Windows Services Panel when using a Wi-Fi connection? I don't think there is a way Windows update can identify how you've connected to the internet and decide to download updates or not.
    – Thomas
    Apr 27, 2011 at 3:35
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    @Thomas: I could, but on my netbook it takes incredibly long to call up the Windows Update center and cancel the download. Windows should know the active adapter being used for the connection right, because it does inform the user about that in systray. Apr 27, 2011 at 8:10
  • PPS - Perhaps there's a standalone software for this, if there isn't built-in support? Apr 27, 2011 at 8:11

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Use your anti-virus/firewall software to do this. For example, in Kaspersky, each network can have firewall rules where you can enable and disable applications allowed on that specific network connection.

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