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
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 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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    The better solution is to completely uninstall the bandwidth-sucking Metro apps. I don't trust them at all. This is ridiculous - these live tiles sucked up GBs of data on my cell hotspot and cost my $25+ easily before I figured out what was going on.
    – user359565
    Commented Aug 20, 2014 at 1:08

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

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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.

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    Probably because this answer amounts to: "To turn off the bathroom faucet, first remove the plumbing from your house..." Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 16:39
  • Genuinely do not think it does, because it doesn't remove anything.
    – Steve
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 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
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 at 18:07
  • Still... nice to have the start menu back...
    – Steve
    Commented Oct 31, 2012 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
    Commented Nov 6, 2012 at 0:19

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