On my wife's laptop I'm trying to stop it using Windows Update by switching on metered connection. But there doesn't appear to be that option. When I go to Settings - Network & Internet - Wi-Fi, there is no advanced settings to click on and find metered connection. Here is a screen shot on what the Wifi tab looks like with no option to go any further that I can see. Why doesn't it look like the the examples I've found on the Internet?
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I was checking out my settings to lead you through the steps when I noticed that the Advanced link on my wi-fi settings was missing. This is where you would go to set/clear the metered option. Lacking this, there is a command line option. Open a command shell and type:

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If you are concerned about inadvertantly borking something by using a command like netsh that you are unfamiliar with you might use the following script code that I wrote up. It executes the netsh command in a very restrictive fashion. You can use it in three ways:

  1. metered
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I was checking out my settings to lead you through the steps when I noticed that the Advanced link on my wi-fi settings was missing. This is where you would go to set/clear the metered option. Lacking this, there is a command line option. Open a command shell and type:

netsh wlan show profiles

On my laptop I see

Profiles on interface Wi-Fi:

Group policy profiles (read only)
---------------------------------
    <None>

User profiles
-------------
    All User Profile     : KenNet
    All User Profile     : mynet-camp
    All User Profile     : mynet
    All User Profile     : ROGERS7608

The profile I am interested in is mynet-camp. For further details type

netsh wlan show profile name="mynet-camp"

On my laptop I see

Profile mynet-camp on interface Wi-Fi:
=======================================================================

Applied: All User Profile

Profile information
-------------------
    Version                : 1
    Type                   : Wireless LAN
    Name                   : mynet-camp
    Control options        :
        Connection mode    : Connect automatically
        Network broadcast  : Connect only if this network is broadcasting
        AutoSwitch         : Do not switch to other networks
        MAC Randomization  : Disabled

Connectivity settings
---------------------
    Number of SSIDs        : 1
    SSID name              : "mynet-camp"
    Network type           : Infrastructure
    Radio type             : [ Any Radio Type ]
    Vendor extension          : Not present

Security settings
-----------------
    Authentication         : WPA2-Personal
    Cipher                 : CCMP
    Authentication         : WPA2-Personal
    Cipher                 : Unknown
    Security key           : Present

Cost settings
-------------
    Cost                   : Fixed
    Congested              : No
    Approaching Data Limit : No
    Over Data Limit        : No
    Roaming                : No
    Cost Source            : User

The area of interest is Cost Settings. You can see that the first parameter is set to Fixed. That corresponds to a metered connection. You can set metered or unmetered by

netsh wlan set profileparameter name="mynet-camp" cost=Fixed
netsh wlan set profileparameter name="mynet-camp" cost=Unrrestricted

where Fixed = metered and Unrestricted = non-metered

commented: By your command. *bewoop bewoop. +11

If you are concerned about inadvertantly borking something by using a command like netsh that you are unfamiliar with you might use the following script code that I wrote up. It executes the netsh command in a very restrictive fashion. You can use it in three ways:

  1. metered
  2. metered <profile>
  3. metered <profile> ON | OFF

The first form lists all wi-fi profiles. The second form (if you give it a profile name from the first form) will display the metered status of that profile. The third form will allow you to set the metered status on or off for a given profile. Copy the folllowing code and save in a file named metered.vbs. Run it from within a command shell. See the notes in the file header.

'
'   Name:
'
'       metered.vbs
'
'   Description:
'
'       Command line utility to set an internet connection to metered
'       or non-metered
'
'   Usage:
'
'       metered
'
'           Show existing profiles
'
'       metered <profile>
'
'           Show metered/non-metered status of <profile>
'
'       metered <profile> ON | OFF
'
'           Set metered status of <profile> to on or off
'
'   Notes:
'
'       The default engine for running scripts is wscript.exe. Before
'       running this script you should set the default engine to cscript.exe
'       (command line - wscript is windowed). Open a command shell as
'       Administrator and enter:
'
'           cscript //nologo //h:cscript //s
'
'       You will only have to do this once.
'
'   Audit:
'
'       2016-11-10  rj  original code
'

set wso = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
set arg = Wscript.Arguments

Select Case arg.Count

    Case 0  'no args - show all profile names

        profiles = Filter(ExecCmd("netsh wlan show profiles"),":")
        Wscript.Echo Join(profiles,vbcrlf)

    Case 1  'one arg - display current metered status for given profile

        profile = ExecCmd("netsh wlan show profile name=""" & arg(0) & """")
        status  = Filter(profile,"Cost                   :")

        Select Case True

            Case not CheckProfileExists(arg(0),profile)

            Case instr(status(0),"Fixed") > 0
                Wscript.Echo arg(0),"is set to metered"

            Case instr(status(0),"Unrestricted") > 0
                Wscript.Echo arg(0),"is set to non-metered"

        End Select

    Case 2  'two args - set metered connection on or off for given profile

        command = "netsh wlan set profileparameter name=""" & arg(0) & """ "

        Select Case Ucase(arg(1))

            Case "ON"
                result = ExecCmd(command & "cost=Fixed")
                CheckProfileExists arg(0),result

            Case "OFF"
                result = ExecCmd(command & "cost=Unrestricted")
                CheckProfileExists arg(0),result

            Case Else
                Wscript.Echo "state must be either ON or OFF"

        End Select

End Select

'Execute the given (DOS) command and return the output in a text array

Function ExecCmd ( cmd )

    'Execute the command

    dim exec: set exec = wso.Exec(cmd)
    dim res : res = ""

    'Read all result text from standard output

    do
        res = res & vbLf & exec.StdOut.ReadLine
    loop until exec.StdOut.AtEndOfStream

    'Return as a text array

    ExecCmd = Split(Mid(res,2),vbLf)

End Function

'Return True if the output text in <text> was such that the given
'profile was valid, False otherwise (print error message if not valid)

Function CheckProfileExists (profile,text)

    If Ubound(Filter(text,"is not found on the system")) = -1 Then
        CheckProfileExists = True
    Else
        CheckProfileExists = False
        Wscript.Echo "Profile",profile,"not found."
    End If

End Function

Thanks very much for your help. Much appreciated.

To open Advanced Settings, you need to click on the WiFi Name.
Scroll down and you'll find the option for Metered Connection.

Here is the Screenshot

The problem is that on some systems the Advanced option has been removed from the GUI. Thus the only way to set/unset the metered option is via the command line.

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