Let Windows 10 consider Ethernet connection as a measure

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Marie-Ange Demory
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If you are a person who has an unlimited data plan and don't give a damn about the internet bandwidth consumed by your operating system, you don't have to worry about metered and unlimited connections on Windows 10 PCs. But what if you are worried about the bandwidth usage on your PC, or could it be the case that your ethernet connection has a fixed data plan? In this case, you need to configure the connection as a measure to save Internet bandwidth usage on your computer.



But here's the flaw. Windows 10 only allows you to configure the Wi-Fi or cellular connection as a measure, and you cannot configure the wired connection (Ethernet connection as a measure). But for every damn failure there is a solution. Here in this tutorial I will guide you on how to configure your Ethernet connection as a measure.

What are the advantages of having a metered connection?

  1. Disable automatic download of Windows 10 updates
  2. Stops downloading the application update from the Windows store.
  3. Disable peer-to-peer charging.
  4. Disable features like Live Tiles, file sync, etc.

How to configure the Ethernet connection as a metric

Step 1:- First press key Windows + r and in the Run command box type regedit to open the registration panel.

Step 2: - Now, find the following location in the left pane of the registry.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWAREMicrosoft -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion -> NetworkList -> DefaultMediaCost

Step 3: - Once arrived DefaultMediaCost You will see 3G, 4G, Default, Ethernet and wifi as options on the right panel.

Phase 4: - Just double-click on Ethernet. You need to change the file dword value data from 1 to 2.




Step 5: - But wait a minute, Windows won't allow you to easily change the value of dword since you don't have the permissions to do so. It will show you an error as shown below saying Error while changing the value. Unable to change Ethernet. Error writing new value content.

Now, to fix this error, you need to take full ownership of the registry key.


Procedure for taking full ownership of the DefaultMediaCost registry key.

Here is a full video showing how to do it.

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Step 6: - Once full ownership of the registration key has been acquired. Just change the Ethernet value to 2.

Last step : - Finally, restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

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