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While worrying about data usage isn’t as prevalent on PCs as it is on mobile, you may still have concerns about it — especially if you tether to your phone. In those cases, you want to make sure you’re only using the data you need, and not letting Windows waste it Stop Windows Update From Breaking Your Mobile Data Cap Stop Windows Update From Breaking Your Mobile Data Cap Windows 10 regularly downloads massive updates. Don't let this happen on an internet connection with a limited data allowance. We show you how to set up a metered connection. Read More .

Unfortunately, Windows 10 features plenty of ways to waste your bandwidth 4 Ways Windows 10 Is Wasting Your Internet Bandwidth 4 Ways Windows 10 Is Wasting Your Internet Bandwidth Is Windows 10 wasting your internet bandwidth? Here's how to check, and what you can do to stop it. Read More . You can view how much data Windows has used with its built-in meter, but there’s no obvious way to clear it. Here’s what to do.

Open Settings and go to Network & Internet. Click the Data Usage tab on the left to see how much data you’ve used in the last 30 days, on both wireless and wired. You can click View usage details to see specifics on how much data each app has used. If your data plan resets on a certain day every month, clearing it gives you a clearer idea of how much space you have left.

For that, you can manually clear the data via a Safe Mode workaround, but that’s clunky. An easier way is using the simple Reset Data Usage utility. Simply install it from its page, and once you open it you’ll see a Reset Data Usage button. Click this and it will reset all the data usage to zero.

If you’d rather back up the current data first, visit Menu > Backup Manager. This will let you create a backup so you don’t forget how much data you used in a previous month. If using too much data on the go is a problem for you, check out how to find free Wi-Fi no matter where you go How to Find Totally Free Unlimited Internet Access Almost Anywhere How to Find Totally Free Unlimited Internet Access Almost Anywhere We all like a freebie now and again. Free WiFi is top of most lists when we are travelling. Set out with these tools and tips to find free WiFi hotspots around the world. Read More .

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  1. Gordon
    August 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Completely the wrong way round.
    Install Windows in a VM on Linux.
    That way when your Windows installation gets a virus or ransomware it won't hose your entire system...