How to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

By | 30. March 2017

Sometimes you might feel that your Windows 10 is really slow and busy with something unknown.

When opening task manager (use for example hotkey Ctrl+Shift+Esc) you might see something like this:


Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry (CompatTelRunner.exe) is an integral part of Windows OS system.  While it is not a malevolent application, some users find it suspicious why the file uses a respectively large amount of CPU and disk processing resources. Additionally, the file is the component of Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. Likewise, if not disabled, the file transfers the telemetry data, technical data about your operating system, to Microsoft. The app also restarts with each new Windows log-in session despite the attempts to disable the task completely.

So how to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry (CompatTelRunner.exe)?

  1.  Press Windows button and type cmd.
  2. Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  3. Copy and paste the following keys successively and press Enter after each command:
  • 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

Also there has been a tendency among hackers to disguise their malware under the names of legitimate apps and files. So it will not harm to scan you computer against malware.


Update 25.04.2017

Microsoft Eases Your Windows 10 Privacy Concerns

Ahead of the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft is addressing people’s privacy concerns regarding Windows 10.

As part of the update process, you will now be able to review your privacy settings, even if you were already running Windows 10. As well as being able to choose between Basic and Full levels of data collection, you will also be able to fine-tune other privacy settings including location access, and personalized ads. But will this be enough to appease privacy advocates?

Windows 10 Creators Privacy

Privacy and Windows 10: Your Guide to Windows Telemetry

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