How to disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection on Windows 10

By | November 25, 2017

Windows 10 sends to Microsoft by running telemetry and automatic data collection for the purpose of improving Windows performance. For example, Windows security tools such as Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and Windows Defender may send data to Microsoft.

It is said that windows do not collect specific personal information, but for Windows users it may be a little disgusting and worrying thing.

Telemetry

Windows collects data about the OS and apps such as security performance, and then sends it back to Microsoft in order to improve Windows. Telemetry is an automated process, where data is collected at remote points in order to measuring, monitoring and improving Windows services.

Configure and disable Telemetry

Windows provides a built-in application options that disable telemetry and diagnostic data collection for the privacy of these users. But, there is no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Telemetry settings are available in local or Group Policy and Registry Editor.

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Local Group Policy Editor

▼ First, press shortcut keys Windows + R keys to open Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).

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▼ Head to the following path. Double-click 1Allow Telemetry on the right pane.

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection And Preview Builds > Allow Telemetry

disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

Selecting telemetry level

▼ There are 4 options of telemetry in Windows 10.

Setting Security option, only the telemetry data that is required to keep Windows devices secure is collected, and applies to Enterprise, EDU, IoT and Server devices only.

Basic sends the same data as Security option, plus a very limited amount of diagnostic data such as basic device info, quality-related data, and app compatibility info. Note that setting values of 0 or 1 will degrade certain experiences on the device.

Enhanced sends the same data as Basic, plus additional data such as how Windows, Windows Server, System Center, and apps are used, how they perform, and advanced reliability data.

Full sends the same data as Enhanced, plus advanced diagnostics data used to diagnose and fix problems with devices, which can include the files and content that may have caused a problem with the device.

Windows 10 diagnostics data settings applies to the Windows operating system and apps included with Windows. This setting does not apply to third party apps running on Windows 10.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can configure the Telemetry level in Settings.

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disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

Choose 1Enabled.

There are four options. 20 – Security [Enterprise only]1 – Basic2 – Extended3 – Full. Of these, Security applies only to Windows Enterprise Vision and it is set to minimize transmission of telemetry, but it seems that it can not be set to some extent in Windows HOME and PRO editions.

Click 2OK or Applybutton.

Result

Even though Windows 10 PRO edition, In the 1Feedback & diagnostics tab, 3Basic and Enchance options turned gray. The message 2Some settings are hidden or managerd by your organization. is displayed. At least it seems to be affected.

disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection



Opening Registry Editor

If your Windows does not built-in with the Group Policy Editor like the Windows 10 Home version, you can set Windows Registry to disable the feature.

▼ As below, press Windows + R key to open Run, and enter 1regedit in the text box. Click 2OKbutton.

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

▼ Head to the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

▼ If you have no DataCollection key, Create a new subkey under “Windows” key. Right-click on Windows key, and click 1New > Key.

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

▼ Rename New key#1 to DataCollection.

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

▼ In addition, create a new value on “DataCollection” key. Right click on the empty space on the right and click 1New > DWORD(32-bit) value.

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

▼ Rename new value#1 to 1AllowTelemetry as shown below.

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

▼ Double-click on value 1AllowTelemetry, and you can see “Edit DWORD(32-bit) value” window. Enter 2Number in the “Value data” field. Specify one of 0 to 3, 0 – Security1 – Basic2 – Extended3 – Full. Click 3OK button.

When the value data is 0, it becomes the same result as the above Group policy Setting.

[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

If you want to undo it, just delete AllowTelemetry value.

Setting Privacy

You can also set “Feedback and Diagnosis” in the “Privacy” of Windows Settings. But, there is no Security option.

▼ For more information on Privacy, please refer to the following article.

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[Windows10] Disable Telemetry and automatic Data Collection

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