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What Is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry? Should You Disable It?

With Windows 10 Microsoft has added some more efficient features to this new version of Windows Operating System. Especially for the security and privacy of the users, Microsoft has included some enhanced privacy features to Windows 10.

But there is one thing which is bothering the Windows users and that is Windows Compatibility Telemetry. This feature comes enabled when you install the Windows on your system. People are concerned about their privacy due to this feature of Windows as it risks their privacy.

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But what the hell is this Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry? Why is it making Windows users more concerned about their privacy?

A lot of Windows 10 users do not understand this term. This page is dedicated to Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry, its cause, usage and some other details.

What Is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry?

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is a service added by Microsoft to the Windows which according to them is to improve the user experience. Actually, Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry collects and sends some of your data to Microsoft which helps them to improve the things for you and provide you a good user experience by fixing the potential issues. What type of data does it send? Well, it does not send your personal data. It sends usage and performance data to Microsoft. But people don’t like it.

It will send telemetry data like system files, logs, system diagnostic information, which applications you use, how frequently you use applications and software, security details, device information, etc. So, this might make people uncomfortable and they may want to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry. Although, you cannot disable all the telemetry data

Furthermore, what can make you more uncomfortable is knowing that Windows 10 sends the letters you type through keyboard(every 30 minutes), anything you say on your microphone, things you say to Cortana, index of all the media files and the telemetry data. This makes us really concern about our privacy.

Although, you cannot completely disable all the telemetry data but you can limit it. This telemetry data can be divided into 4 tiers.

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Security

If you enable the Security option of Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry, then it will only track the metrics collected from the Windows defender and malicious software removal tool, Windows security data and logs, and the client setting. But this feature is only available in the Enterprise installations.

Basic

The Basic option only allows Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry to collect the information about the device along with the compatibility and security.

Enhanced

The enhanced option allows Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry to collect the data of Windows and the Windows applications and all the things which security and the basic tier allow Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry to collect or track.

Full

The full tier enables Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry to track and collect diagnostic data, enhanced insights, basic health & quality and the security.

How to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry?

Well, there is no direct way to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry but there are some ways which would help you to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry. Let’s have a look.

I. By Using Group Policy Editor

To disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry using Group Policy EDitor simply follow the below steps.

  1. First, press win+R to open the run command window.
  2. Now type gpedit.msc hit enter in order to open Group Policy Editor.
  3. After that, go to Computer Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Component >> Data Collection and preview builds.
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  4. On the main content panel, you will see a list of options to choose from. You need to double-click on Allow Telmetry to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry.
  5. It will take you to another page where you get the options to enable/disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry. You have to select the disable option, click apply and at last hit the Ok button. The telemetry option will be disabled on your system.
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II. By Using Registry Editor

Another method to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry on your Windows 10 system is by using the Registry editor. It is also a quick and easy method which you can understand and follow without any hassle.

  1. So, first of all, open the run command prompt by pressing Win+R keys.
  2. Now, type regedit in the run command box and hit enter.
  3. It will open the registry editor for you. In the Registry Editor window, you would see a collection of folders on the left sidebar. From those folders, you need to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > DataCollection.
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  4. It will provide some options at the right side of the panel to choose from. Right-click on Data Collection >> New >> DWORD Value (32-bit).
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  5. Tha last thing you need to do is to change the value data to 0 and then click the OK button. That’s all you need to do.

III. By Using Command Prompt

Here is the last method to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry. In this method, you would have to use Command Prompt.

  1. From the search menu of the Windows, search for Command prompt.
  2. When the results appear, simply right-click on Command Prompt option and run it as administrator.
  3. Now you need to copy the below keys, paste in the command prompt and then press Enter after each of the keys. You have to do it with all the keys one by one.
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  • sc delete DiagTrack
  • sc delete dmwappushservice
  • echo “” > C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Diagnosis\\ETLLogs\\AutoLogger\\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl
  • reg add “HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows\\DataCollection” /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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So, this was all about Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry and how to disable it. Hope this article helped you to understand what Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is and why should you disable it in your system and then methods to disable this Windows feature. If you have any doubt at any step in this article then feel free to let us know via comment box. And yeah, don’t forget to share your views and experience with us.

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