Microsoft has reportedly revealed that the long-awaited Windows 10 Creators Update will automatically download and install patches required to keep the operating system running smoothly even when users are on a metered connection.

This will likely prove to be problematic for customers with a strict data cap as they'll have no control over the size of the files their machine is downloading in the background, which could see them exceeding the limit outlined by their service provider.

However, the American company has noted that it won't push larger maintenance upgrades without receiving consent from a user, though it's unclear what the threshold is for downloads to be considered "large."

In this case, the definition of large is different for each user. For example, if someone has a 50GB cap, a 500MB update won't make as much of a dent as it would for someone who can only use 2GB of data per month.

The ideal solution

Instead of pushing upgrades to all compatible computers, Microsoft should enable users to specify a maximum download size that suits their tariff. That way, nobody would incur any nasty charges from patches downloading behind the scenes.