Windows Telemetry

In August 2015, Microsoft delivered some ‘optional’ updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users (KB3075249, KB3080149 and KB3068708) that would provide the same telemetry data.

To disable this in Win 7 & 8, go to Start and type in services in the search box. Then click on Services. Go down the list in the left-hand pane and select Diagnostics Tracking Service and right click Properties. In Properties change Startup type to Disabled.

Windows 10 comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default and this collects user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Once installed, it looks like there is no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off by editing the registry. The best practice is to install Win 10 using the Microsoft’s Media Creation tool (see Windows 10 as Spyware) and then confirm that the telemetry is shut-off in the registry.

Due to complaints about Microsoft’s practices, the updates that scrape data from your computer now appear as telemetary updates or as security updates to IE. As more people object, expect these updates to appear in a different guise.