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.
You can disable live update for each tile by right-clicking it and choosing "Turn live tile off":
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.
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
Just right click on the tile and select
Turn live tile off
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.