[Tip] Disable Telemetry and Data Collection on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1
There is no doubt that Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10 is better than any previous Windows version. It comes with new web browser Microsoft Edge, it allows you to run modern (metro) apps on Desktop, it also comes with the traditional Start Menu which is more like a combination of Start Menu and Windows 8 style Start Screen.
But there is one feature of Windows 10 OS which is annoying a lot of people and people are afraid of upgrading to Windows 10 due to this feature and the feature is called "Telemetry and Data Collection".
Windows 10 collects some diagnostics data via background services and built-in programs and sends the data to Microsoft regularly so that the company can improve Windows functionality and user experience. This data is collected anonymously and no personal or private details are sent to Microsoft. Actually the data is collected only to help Microsoft in making a better Windows version for you.
You can read more about data collection and telemetry in Windows 10 at following link:
Now a bad news for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users! If you have not upgraded your computer to Windows 10 yet and still using Windows 7/8/8.1 operating system due to privacy concerns, we would like to alert you about some new updates which have been released for Windows 7/8/8.1 versions from Microsoft.
Actually Microsoft has started releasing updates for Windows 7/8/8.1 operating systems since a few months which implement Windows 10 style data collection and telemetry features to these previous Windows versions. These updates are called "Customer Experience and Diagnostic Telemetry" and install a new "Diagnostic and Telemetry" service in these OS. This service utilizes a built-in program called "Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)" and "User Account Control (UAC)" to collect diagnostics information about functional issues on Windows operating system.
Although the data collected by this service and these programs is anonymous and doesn't affect your privacy but if you are worried about this automatic data collection and telemetry feature introduced in Windows 7/8/8.1, you can disable or stop it using following methods:
METHOD 1: Disable Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
Since this is the main telemetry program which collects data and information and sends it to Microsoft, you can prevent this program from automatically collecting and sending information using very simple and easy to use steps mentioned in following tutorial which was posted long time back at our website:
You can also disable CEIP program in Windows Media Player as mentioned in following tutorial:
Restart your computer and it'll disable CEIP program and will stop sending diagnostics information to Microsoft.
METHOD 2: Disable User Account Control (UAC)
Although we don't recommend disabling UAC in Windows as it helps your computer in protecting from suspicious and harmful items but if you are worried about privacy and want to disable UAC, check out following tutorials:
These tutorials will help you in tweaking and customizing UAC settings according to your requirements.
METHOD 3: Disable Diagnostic and Telemetry Services
You can also disable the newly installed diagnostic and telemetry services in Windows to stop the automatic data collection and telemetry features.
You can disable these services using Services Manager. Check out following tutorials to learn how to open and use Services Manager program in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1:
Now disable following services if found in your computer:
- Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
- Diagnostic Tracking Service
Once you disable these services, restart your computer and Windows will stop automatic collecting and sending the data.
METHOD 4: Disable Automatic Diagnostic Logger Using Registry Editor
Our reader "Xircal" shared some useful information with us. Even if the user opts out of the CEIP program, another task called "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" continues to relay data to Microsoft via a log file called "AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl" present in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\" folder.
You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:
1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
In right-side pane, change the value of Start DWORD to 0 to turn off the auto logger program.
3. Again go to following key:
In right-side pane, look for the DWORD Enabled. Its value would be set to 1 by default. Double-click on the DWORD and change its value from a 1 to 0 to disable the task.
Restart your computer to take effect.
METHOD 5: Uninstall Telemetry and Data Collection Updates
If you are still worried about privacy, you can completely uninstall the updates related to telemetry and customer experience program using following steps:
1. Open Control Panel and change View by type to Large icons. Now click on Programs and Features icon and then click on View installed updates link present in the left sidebar.
2. Now look for following updates:
At the moment only above mentioned updates are known which are related to telemetry and data collection in Windows 7/8/8.1.
3. If you find any or all above mentioned updates installed in your computer, right-click on each update one by one and select Uninstall option. Alternatively, you can double-click on the update to directly uninstall it or click on Uninstall button present in the toolbar.
PS: If you can't find these updates listed in "View installed updates" screen, you can uninstall the updates directly using following commands one by one in Command Prompt or RUN dialog box:
wusa /uninstall /kb:3112343
wusa /uninstall /kb:3083711
wusa /uninstall /kb:3083325
wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149
wusa /uninstall /kb:3075853
wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249
wusa /uninstall /kb:3072318
wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708
wusa /uninstall /kb:3065988
wusa /uninstall /kb:3064683
wusa /uninstall /kb:3058168
wusa /uninstall /kb:3050267
wusa /uninstall /kb:3044374
wusa /uninstall /kb:3035583
wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345
wusa /uninstall /kb:2976978
The commands will automatically search for the updates and will uninstall them.
4. Once you uninstall all mentioned updates, restart your computer. After restarting check for new updates again using Windows Updates. Once it finds the above mentioned updates again, right-click on these updates and select Hide Update option. It'll hide the updates and you'll no longer receive these updates again in future.
PS: Also set Windows Updates settings to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" option so that all future updates will not be downloaded automatically on your computer and you'll have full control over new Windows updates. Now if the above mentioned updates become available again on your computer, you can right-click on the updates and select "Hide update" option and Windows will not install the update.
Check out following tutorial for more details about this method:
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