How To Disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry In Windows

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry actually occupies space in your CPU memory and uses a lot of Power. You must be wondering what the purpose of Microsoft compatibility Telemetry is. Let us check it out. It is one of the compatibility features which is enabled by default in the Operating system of Microsoft after Windows 8.1.

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The major objective of Windows Telemetry is to help you gather multiple information about the user data like from Applications installed in your device, Unknown applications, drivers in your device etc. It also helps you to learn about the other functionalities of the Software and then redirects the statistics collected to the centre of Microsoft.

This is majorly done to improve your system user interface and enhance the services offered to you by Windows like Security, Compatibility etc.

Telemetry Requirements On Windows 10 OS:

  • Basic (This is majorly used for the basic understanding of the entire device to access it and interconnect the joining points. It gets acquainted with the device through this.)
  • Full (Complete availability of data associated with the device at each level is fully accessible through this)
  • Security (The Enterprise Threat Detection Services are majorly offered by this type)
  • Enhanced (These data majorly concerns the usages of the user. It keeps a track of the ways any user accesses any application on the device).

When you will try to find these in the settings corner, you will only find the basic and the full. The other two that is: Security and Enhancement are hidden and as a user, you cannot access them through settings. They are mainly available in the Registry Programs or the Group Policy.

Let us now move towards our major topic of discussion that is how can we actually disable the Microsoft compatibility Telemetry in Windows. But before that let us understand the flow. Microsoft handles the diagnostic data in the following ways:

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It first collects data from your computer from multiple sources based on the settings that you have enabled in your device and we can actually find three different ways of data collection that are: Small payloads, Diagnostic Logs and Windows Error Reporting.

The small Payloads contain multiple data events and they are majorly operated by the Experience of the User and the modules of the Telemetry. Next, the Diagnostic Logs are actually used for troubleshooting purposes and the last Windows Error Reporting actually informs whenever there is a crash in the system and they are actually reported by the system.

Then as the data is collected they definitely need to be transmitted somewhere. They are properly encrypted and then shared across the network and there is an Applied Certificate pinning feature to keep it safe throughout. Then the data is retained as long as there is a requirement. 

So, as we move across we would be wondering how to resolve these. What may be the ways? So, there are five different ways mentioned below and you can choose any between them. 

  • Use of TaskScheduler
  • Diagnostic Services Usage
  • Command Prompt Use
  • GPE (Group Policy Editor)
  • Registry Editor

TaskScheduler:

  • In the box where you can search, type: “Task Scheduler App” and then click enter.
  • You will see the option and click on it.
  • Then visit the path: “Task Scheduler Library\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience.” 
  • After you visit this path, You will see a list of things inside the Application Experience Folder. From the list click on the very first option mentioned: “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser”.
  • Right Click on it once and there will be a menu shown. Select the option to disable from there.
  • Next, close the opened folders and the Task Scheduler App. If the issue remains, then verify later from Task Scheduler.  

Diagnostic Services:

  • In the box where you can search, type: “Service” and then click enter.
  • You will see the option and click on it.
  • After you visit this Click on the properties and then choose to disable from the “Startup Type”.
  • Click on the Apply button.
  • Then Click on OK.  

Command Prompt:

  • In the box where you can search, type: “cmd” and then click enter.
  • You will see the option and right-click on it and then click “Run as administrator”.
  • Then write each command on the command prompt: sc delete DiagTrack (Press Enter), sc delete dmwappushservice (Press enter), echo”>file path and then finally reg add “HKLM\SOFTWARE\POLICIES\\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection”/vAllowTelemetry/t re_DWORD/d 0/f

GPE (Group Policy Editor):

It is actually one of the inbuilt Windows administrative Tools which helps you to perform the configuration of important settings on their computers and networks. You can easily configure passwords, startup programs, and perform other functionalities using this and it defines to you the potential and allowance of the user to make changes.

  • In the box where you can search, type: “gpedit.msc” and then click enter.
  • You will see the option GPE and click on it.
  • Then after visiting that click on the Double Click on the Allow Telemetry and then click on the Disable button and then finally click on Apply and then click on OK.
  • Then on the keyboard click on Ctrl+Alt+ESC keys together and this will open your Task Manager and then check for the “Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry” if it is using up the disk space it usually uses. 

Registry Editor:

Modification of this may lead to problems and if done incorrectly then you may be required to install the whole Operating System altogether and so it should be absolutely modified at your own risk and hence not recommended. 

Final Words:

These are all the processes that you can use to disable Microsoft Compatibility telemetry in Windows. You must be really having trouble with the disk usages. Using up a lot of disk space can actually lead you to have a slow computer which may actually disturb you to a great extent. So, check up the methods and follow them carefully to disable the telemetry and free up disk usages till then. 

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