This is not a question about upgrading to windows 10!

I have read many times that in windows 10, you cannot disable automatic updates, which means windows 10 will download updates automatically whenever it is available.
Doesn't Microsoft know that this change would negatively affect people like me who have limited bandwidth and pay higher price for data? (This is almost true for people in developing countries).
Is there any response from MS about this?
Does MS really considered these people when they released their new OS in 150+ countries?

Is there any workaround for this?

Pricey Data Is A Barrier To Internet Access In Developing Countries

  • My main question is the last one(are others off-topic here?)
    – RogUE
    Aug 2, 2015 at 4:18
  • You can disable specific device drivers and updates using a tool, and yes, on the home version you cannot defer updates like next months update or threshold 2. We already have an existing question so I will NOT be posting an answer. If marked as a metered connection windows update will behave slightly different, if you don't agree, don't upgrade
    – Ramhound
    Aug 2, 2015 at 4:25
  • @Ramhound Do you have link to the afore mentioned question?
    – RogUE
    Aug 2, 2015 at 4:28
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    One forge related questions ... superuser.com/questions/946957/…
    – Ramhound
    Aug 2, 2015 at 4:59
  • News Flash: Microsoft does not care about its customers. I'm sure someone will figure out how to disable windows 10 updates in the near future.
    – Moab
    Aug 2, 2015 at 16:48

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It is possible to disable updates, its just little trickier.

One thing that came to my mind is to disable Windows Update service completely (open Local Services, search for Windows Update in list, open properties and choose Disabled).

However, this is answer that you are looking for: https://superuser.com/a/837949/193287

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\AUOptions

If you set AUOptions to “1”, Windows 10 will never check for updates.

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