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    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10

    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10

    How to Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10
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    26 Apr 2017
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    How to Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10

    information   Information
    As you use Windows, Microsoft collects performance and usage information that helps Microsoft identify and troubleshoot problems as well as improve their products and services.
    • Security will send minimal data to Microsoft to keep Windows secure. Windows security components such as Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and Windows Defender may send data to Microsoft at this level if they are enabled. Security only applies to Enterprise, EDU, IoT and Server devices. Setting Security for other devices is equivalent to setting Basic.
    • Basic information is data that is vital to the operation of Windows. This data helps keep Windows and apps running properly by letting Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly. This option also turns on basic error reporting back to Microsoft. If you select this option, we’ll be able to provide updates to Windows (through Windows Update, including malicious software protection by the Malicious Software Removal Tool), but some apps and features may not work correctly or at all.
    • Enhanced data includes all Basic data plus data about how you use Windows, such as how frequently or how long you use certain features or apps and which apps you use most often. This option also lets Microsoft collect enhanced diagnostic information, such as the memory state of your device when a system or app crash occurs, as well as measure reliability of devices, the operating system, and apps. If you select this option, Microsoft will be able to provide you with an enhanced and personalized Windows experience.
    • Full data includes all Basic and Enhanced data, and also turns on advanced diagnostic features that collect additional data from your device, such as system files or memory snapshots, which may unintentionally include parts of a document you were working on when a problem occurred. This information helps Microsoft further troubleshoot and fix problems. If an error report contains personal data, Microsoft won’t use that information to identify, contact, or target advertising to you. This is the recommended option for the best Windows experience and the most effective troubleshooting.

    You can control the amount of Windows diagnostic and usage data sent to Microsoft from your PC or device.

    See also:

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15019, you can now only select to belong to the Basic or Full group in Settings. A new option to "Let Microsoft provide more tailored experiences with relevant tips and recommendations by using your diagnostic data" has been added.


    This tutorial will show you how to change the amount of Windows diagnostic and usage data telemetry is sent to Microsoft from your Windows 10 PC or device.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to change diagnostic and usage data settings.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Settings during Windows Setup
    • Option Two: To Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Settings in Settings
    • Option Three: To Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Settings using a REG file
    • Option Four: To Force Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Setting in Group Policy
    • Option Five: To Force Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Setting using a REG file





    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10
    To Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Settings during Windows Setup

    1. When you get to Choose privacy settings for your device during Windows Setup while doing a clean install of Windows 10, you can select Basic or Full for the Diagnostics privacy setting. (see screenshots below)

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    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10
    To Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Settings in Settings

    Note   Note
    Option Four and Option Five will override this option.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Privacy icon.

    2. Click/tap on Feedback & diagnostics on the left side, then select Basic or Full for the Diagnostic and usage data you want to send on the right side. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Full is the default setting.

    If you set to receive Windows 10 Insider builds, then you will not be able to change this privacy setting unless you use Option Three, Option Four, or Option Five below instead.



    3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10
    To Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Settings using a REG file

    Note   Note
    Option Four and Option Five will override this option.

    This option sets the same setting in Option Two, but via Registry Editor instead.



    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection

    AllowTelemetry DWORD

    0 = Security (Enterprise and Education editions only)
    1 = Basic
    2 = Enhanced
    3 = Full (Recommended)


    1. Do step 2 (Security), step 3 (Basic), step 4 (Enhanced), or step 5 (Full) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Send "Security" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    Note   Note
    Setting to "Security" applies to enterprise, EDU, IoT and server devices only. Setting this on other devices is equivalent to choosing "Basic".


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Security_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     3. To Send "Basic" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Basic_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     4. To Send "Enhanced" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Enhanced_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     5. To Send "Full" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 6 below.

    Full_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download

    6. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    7. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    8. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10
    To Force Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Setting in Group Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Data Collection and Preview Builds

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    3. In the right pane of Data Collection and Preview Builds in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow Telemetry policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (default) or step 6 (force) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Restore Default Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Setting

    Note   Note
    This step will allow you to use Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     4. To Force a Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Setting

    Note   Note
    This step will override and prevent you from using Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Select (dot) Enabled, select the Security (Enterprise Only), Basic, Enhanced, or Full value under Options you want, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.






    Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Change Diagnostic and Usage Data Settings in Windows 10
    To Force Diagnostic and Usage Data Collection Setting using a REG file

    Note   Note
    This option sets the same setting in Option Four, but via Registry Editor instead.



    The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

    AllowTelemetry DWORD

    (delete) = Default. Allows you to use Option Two and Option Three above.
    0 = Security (Enterprise and Education editions only)
    1 = Basic
    2 = Enhanced
    3 = Full


    1. Do step 2 (Security), step 3 (Basic), step 4 (Enhanced), step 5 (Full), or step 7 (default) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Force Send "Security" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    Note   Note
    Setting to "Security" applies to enterprise, EDU, IoT and server devices only. Setting this on other devices is equivalent to choosing "Basic".

    This step will override and prevent you from using Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Force_Security_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     3. To Force Send "Basic" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    Note   Note
    This step will override and prevent you from using Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Force_Basic_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     4. To Force Send "Enhanced" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    Note   Note
    This step will override and prevent you from using Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Force_Enhanced_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     5. To Force Send "Full" Diagnostic and Usage Data

    Note   Note
    This step will override and prevent you from using Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Force_Full_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


     6. To Restore Default Not Configured Diagnostic and Usage Data Setting

    Note   Note
    This setting allows you to use Option Two and Option Three above.


    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.

    Default_Not_Configured_diagnostic_and_usage_data.reg

    download


    7. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    8. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    9. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    10. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 6
    Win 10 Pro x64 preview build 15025
       27 Nov 2016 #1

    Thank you so much Brink for the reg change . Without being at full on feedback, you (we) are unable to send screen shots. To me this is a big issue. Of course that is if the feedback is being monitored, which I believe (hope) it is.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 19,985
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16184
    Thread Starter
       27 Nov 2016 #2

    You're most welcome. I'm glad it could help.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    05 Jan 2017 #3

    How to disable, 0?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 19,985
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16184
    Thread Starter
       05 Jan 2017 #4

    Hello ameeralhindi,

    Setting a value of 0 for "Security" applies to enterprise, EDU, IoT and server devices only. Setting a value of 0 for other devices is equivalent to choosing a value of 1.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    09 Jan 2017 #5

    Oh thanks man i just wonder if it's possible to completely disable it now.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 19,985
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16184
    Thread Starter
       09 Jan 2017 #6

    I don't think you can fully disable it in Windows 10 Home or Pro editions. Setting it to basic is about it.

    You could try disabling the two services below and restart the computer to stop this, but it could cause unknown issues.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...dows-10-a.html

    Diagnostics Tracking Service

    Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    10 Jan 2017 #7

    I already disabled them, Thanks sir.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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