restricting traffic while not connected to wifi

Can you configure W8 to stop downloading large chunks of data (updates for example) if your are not connected to wifi just mobile connection?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Not really. You can turn automatic updates off on everything (Windows, Anti Virus, Adobe and so on), but that is a bad idea and I do not recommend it.

Windows 8 Metro also updates behind the scenes.

Make sure everything is up to date when on Wi-Fi and the problem will largely go away.  That is how I do it.

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Why do you ask, you did not that mention yet.
Do you fear some expensive download volume is used up soon or simply bandwidth?
axcxAuthor Commented:
I use prepaid cards when I travel and they run out too quickly. Is there an external software or maybe even script that restricts traffic to a single app eg. firefox?
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Within windows: no, unless you want to play with firewalls.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 8 (more than earlier operating systems) expects to be connected at all times.

In between when you first posted and now, Microsoft has issued a 170Mb replacement update for a failed August update. This is the Windows 8.1 Update 2 feature update. So that is a lot of bandwidth used.

I think you need to try to get most updates and do most of your work on Wi-Fi and leave the prepaid card for emergencies.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@axcx  - Thank you and good luck with using prepaid travel cards. I use a separate USB Internet key for travelling and the base plan usually covers any cellular Internet that I do.
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