Windows 10: devicecensus.exe

  1.    1 Week Ago #1


    Hi since Tuesdays updates every time I boot I get a red X in reliability history with devicecensus.exe stopped working.
    Anyone else seeing this?

    Windows 10 Pro 1803.

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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    Some users have reported deleting devicecensus.exe from their PCs with no adverse effects (see devicecensus.exe - Microsoft Community). However, another such MS thread says that devicecensus is used to gather information about your PC to target builds through Windows Update (devicecensus.exe - Microsoft Community). Thus, it seems to me you could kill the task except before getting ready to run Windows Update (and launch it manually just beforehand) to cut down on such occurrences. Not sure there's any other fix until and unless MS addresses the instability problems that are being reported on your PC. I'd suggest posting something about this to the Feedback Hub to be sure to bring it to Microsoft's attention. OTOH, there is already a thread labeled "devicecensus.exe crashed" up there, so you may decide just to upvote that thread instead. I just did that, based on your post!
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    Thanks for the reply, I changed my feedback to basic and changed ask for feedback = never.
    This has stopped errors.
    If Microsoft want to spy by default, they may want to try and get it working first!
    Thanks again.
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  4.    6 Days Ago #4

    Good solution! There's always another way to get from where you are, to where you want to be, if only you *THINK* hard enough. You figured it out in a pretty good way.
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  5.    6 Days Ago #5

    I got it again today, it must be a botched scheduled event I have to hunt down and disable.

    It's a task called 'device Information' in scheduled tasks.
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  6.    4 Days Ago #6

    It's gone for two days after removing Eset and using Defender.
    Cannot find the reason this is happening.
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