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Set an Ethernet connection to be metered on Windows 10 | Try out how to do it.

How to Set an Ethernet connection to be metered on Windows 10

 1. Use Windows key + R to open the Run command, type regedit, and click OK to open the Windows registry.


2. Go to the following path:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\DefaultMediaCost


3. Right-click on the DefaultMediaCost key and select “Permissions”.


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4. In the “Security” tab, click the “Advanced” button.


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5. Next to “TrustedInstaller”, click the “Change” link.


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6. Type “Administrators”, then click the “Check Names” button to make sure you typed everything correctly. Then click "Ok".


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7. In Advanced Security Settings for DefaultMediaCost, check “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects”.


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8. Click “Apply” then click “OK”.


9. In Permissions for DefaultMediaCost, select the “Administrators” group, then check the allow box on “Full Control”.


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10. Click Apply then click “ok”.


11. In the DefaultMediaCost key, you can see various entries, including 3G, 4G, Default, Ethernet, and WiFi with default data values: 1 or 2. A data value of 1 means that the connection type is non-metered, and a data value of 2 means that the type meter connection. Double-click the Ethernet DWORD (32-bit), then change the value to 2.


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12. Click “OK”.


13.Close the registry and then restart your computer to complete the process.



NOTE: Once you set the connection to be metered, the operating system will stop using the internet in many ways. For example:

  * Windows updates will not download again automatically. However, priority updates will continue to download when available.

  * Apps will not update automatically anymore.

  * Live Tiles on the Start menu will stop downloading updates.

  * Offline content may not sync with other devices.

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