Although Microsoft has been trying to push data analysis on telemetry since Windows 7, nothing on Windows 10 was as comprehensive as on this. By default, Windows 10 comes with the default enabled telemetry feature which gathers all kinds of user data and sends it directly to Microsoft. Since Microsoft does not provide a way to disable it completely from the GUI menu, some users have been looking at other options to prevent the collection of telemetry data from their Windows OS installations. In this article, we will guide you through the different methods to disable Telemetry in Windows 10.

Disable Windows 10’s Telemetry

To disable Windows 10’s Telemetry, follow any of these procedures step by step.

Method #1

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Settings in the search box and then click the Settings option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Settings option, the Windows Settings will appear as follows.

Click the Privacy option as highlighted in the above image. When you will click the Privacy option, the next screen will look like this.

As you can see that the screen is divided into two parts. Select the General option from the left side of the screen and right side will show options regarding that. Turn off all the toggle buttons as highlighted in the above image.

Method #2

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type ms-settings:privacy-feedback in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the OK button, the following screen will appear.

Click the Basic radio button as highlighted in the above image.

Method #3

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Command Prompt in the search box and then right click the Command Prompt option. Then select the Run as administrator option as the following image is showing.

As you click the Run as administrator option, the following screen will appear.

Type the following command in the Command Prompt editor and press the Enter key.

sc delete DiagTrack

After that, type

sc delete dmwappushservice

command in the Command Prompt editor and press the Enter key as the following image is showing.

After that, put the following command in the Command Prompt editor and press the Enter key.

echo "" > C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Diagnosis\\ETLLogs\\AutoLogger\\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl

Method #4

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Task Scheduler in the search box and then click the Task Scheduler option as the following image is showing.

As you click the Task Scheduler option, the following screen will appear.

Now navigate to the following path from the left side of the screen.

Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Application Experience

As you click the Application Experience option, the right side will show some options. Locate the Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser option as highlighted in the above image. Right click on it and click the Disable option as the following image is showing.

Method #5

Click the Search button on the taskbar. Type Run in the search box and then click the Run option as the following image is showing.

As soon as you click the Run option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Type Regedit in the Open textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. When you click the OK button, the Registry Editor screen will appear as the following image is showing.

Navigate to the following path from the left pane of the screen.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

Right-click on the DataCollection option and click the New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value option as highlighted in the above image. Rename the newly created word as AllowTelemetry as the following image is showing.

Double click on the AllowTelmetry option and the following dialogue box will appear.

Put 0 in the Value data textbox and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now close the Registry Editor screen.

Open the Services. Locate the Connected User Experiences and Telemetry option. Right click on it and select the Properties option as the following image is showing.

The Properties will open as the following dialogue box.

Click the General tab. Then choose the Disabled option from the Startup type drop down. After that, click the Apply and then OK button as highlighted in the above image.

Conclusion

By following any of these procedures, you will be able to disable Telemetry in Windows 10.

 

5 Ways to disable Windows 10’s Telemetry
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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