The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to arrive next month / REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Users on limited connections could lose control over automatic downloads

Microsoft has picked up a lot of criticism for its aggressive approach to Windows 10 updates, with common complaints including work being interrupted by annoying notifications and automatic downloads.

Unfortunately, it looks like the company could perform a U-turn on one of the changes it introduced to make these updates slightly less disruptive.

Right now, users can exercise some level of control over updates by declaring their connection as ‘metered’ – that is, restricted by a data limit. 

The current version of Windows 10 states, “Available updates will be downloaded and installed automatically, except over metered connections (where charges could apply).”

It’s a handy feature, which enables users to keep data charges from spiralling out of control by saving updates for a more convenient moment. 

Microsoft, however, has altered the wording of the Update Settings section in the latest Windows 10 Creators Update Insider Preview build 15058.

The latest preview build reads, “We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where changes may apply). In that case, we’ll automatically download only those updates required to keep Windows running smoothly.”

First spotted by WinSuperSite, it suggests that Windows 10 users on metered connections will no longer be able to stop updates from downloading automatically, potentially exposing them to inflated data charges.

What Microsoft considers a necessary update remains unclear, but it likely includes security fixes.

The Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to arrive in April, though the final build will reportedly come to testers before the end of the month.