Is Microsoft Taking Stealth Screenshots For 'Feedback' Purposes?

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  1. Posts : 1,625
    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM
       #11

    Mine were taken by me using the Feedback app, they're meant to be there.
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  2. You
    Posts : 613
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       #12

    Yes, that's probably from the feedback app or possibly a program on your computer. Having a visible folder would be a dumb thing to do if you were trying to stealthily spy on someone by taking screenshots, and so would taking them at seemingly random times which will most likely be the victim arranging files or something like that, leaving it on the hard drive after taking it and uploading it,or even having the folder in the actual Pictures folder. Some programs have crash reporters that will take a screenshot if you allow them to. Maybe a program crashed and you dismissed the crash message without unchecking a box or something. It would be way to hard to accidentally leave feedback w/out a Microsoft acct, that's for sure. Are you sure that the screenshot was of you doing stuff? Perhaps someone else on your computer has a Microsoft account and they took a screenshot using the feedback app.
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  3. Posts : 26,345
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #13

    I have given feedback with screenshots and fault re-creation several times, but don't have/can't see the folder with or without hidden files turned on.
    I have looked in user folder and my libraries(on a separate drive)
    Last edited by Cliff S; 30 Aug 2015 at 01:16.
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  4. Nus
    Posts : 242
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #14

    You said:
    Yes, that's probably from the feedback app or possibly a program on your computer. Having a visible folder would be a dumb thing to do if you were trying to stealthily spy on someone by taking screenshots, and so would taking them at seemingly random times which will most likely be the victim arranging files or something like that, leaving it on the hard drive after taking it and uploading it,or even having the folder in the actual Pictures folder. Some programs have crash reporters that will take a screenshot if you allow them to. Maybe a program crashed and you dismissed the crash message without unchecking a box or something. It would be way to hard to accidentally leave feedback w/out a Microsoft acct, that's for sure. Are you sure that the screenshot was of you doing stuff? Perhaps someone else on your computer has a Microsoft account and they took a screenshot using the feedback app.
    Please read all the posts thoroughly before responding with irrelevant, unhelpful, generic comments.
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  5. Nus
    Posts : 242
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
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       #15

    Boozad said:
    Mine were taken by me using the Feedback app.
    That's interesting, so we can strongly assume that these screenshots are part of the feedback system.

    As I already stated: I have never run the feedback app on the machine in question and have only used a local account -- the feedback app requires an MS account to start. So, the mechanism for taking the screenshot must exist outside of the feedback app and was initiated, without consent, by another process.
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  6. Posts : 17
    windows 8.1
       #16

    Nus said:
    So, in the absence of any other plausible explanation, I'm holding to the suspicion that stealth screenshots are being taken and uploaded to MS without the users knowledge. The stealth process failed on my machine, due to all the privacy hacks I have made, and dumped the screenshot to disk.

    I'm prepared to change my position if anyone has a precise answer.

    Otherwise, you have been warned!
    Just curious...........what's your feelings on the moon landing?
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  7. Posts : 5,833
    Dual boot Windows 10 FCU Pro x 64 & current Insider 10 Pro
       #17

    Nus said:
    I've just discovered a folder, in the pictures folder, called 'Feedback' which contained a sub-folder with a GUID for a name. This sub-folder contained a screenshot called Capture001.png.

    Something like:

    C:\Users\Nus\Pictures\Feedback\{B2367SDG-3AF8-84KN-NBUJ-K89W37Y844HJK}\Capture001.png

    It was created a week ago and I know exactly what I was doing at the time the folders and screenshot were created: organising files in File Explorer.

    I can only find one other occurrence of this in Google search, here. The MS tech gives a generic response about scanning for viruses.

    I have all the known MS feedback, spy and telemetry stuff disabled. Which is what makes me think that this is happening on other systems in a stealthy fashion, as part of the 'feedback' programme -- the stealth obviously failed here, perhaps because of my hacks.

    No other applications, besides File Explorer, were running at the time; no background apps, no 3rd-party services. System has been scanned with MBAM since and was clean. Pressing WINKEY + PrtScr takes a screenshot that goes in a Pictures\Screenshot folder.

    Has this happened to anyone else?

    Do you know how this scenario can be recreated?

    Any other explanations, theories, thoughts?
    I assume you're not an insider and with/using RTM build 10240? What exactly is this screenshot you have? Can it be opened?

    I have no such folder. Insider Preview build 10532.
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  8. Posts : 1,524
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
       #18

    Nus said:
    OK, just opened the Windows Feedback app for the first time. You have to login with a Microsoft account. The machine has only ever had a local account. So, direct interaction with the Windows Feedback app can be discounted.
    I'm sure I have logged in to the feedback app with a Microsoft Account, even though I was logged into the machine itself with a local account, which I do most of the time.

    That is, you (or anyone else who may have logged in) can login to the feedback app separately from the method you use to login to the machine, using any email address that is setup as an Insider account. You don't need to have a MS Account setup on the machine itself.
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  9. You
    Posts : 613
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       #19

    Nus said:
    Please read all the posts thoroughly before responding with irrelevant, unhelpful, generic comments.
    How is this unhelpful and generic? I'm trying to wipe the idea of Windows having built-in spyware. That's also a really ironic comment, and so is this. If it is irrelevant why add more irrelevant posts pointing out that it is irrelevant, which will instigate even more irrelevant posts? Someone else having a Microsoft account and leaving feedback certainly is relevant. Maybe that's what happened and if you had the privilege to decide whether comments should be relevant or not before they're posted and to delete them if they aren't, this conversation would drag on for weeks.
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  10. You
    Posts : 613
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64 (build 10586)
       #20

    You don't even need to have a Microsoft account associated with your user. You can sign into the Feedback app separately without affecting your user account.
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