How To Disable Microsoft’s ‘Spying’ Service On Windows 10

When Windows 10 was released, many people were up in arms over the operating system’s ability to constantly track how users were interacting with it and would send that information back to Microsoft. With the first major update for Windows 10 that came out earlier this month, Microsoft has seemingly removed Diagnostics Tracking Service, also known as DiagTrack, which was responsible for the tracking. But it turns out the company has just renamed the service.

Microsoft’s official stance on all the “spying” accusations is that the data is collected to constantly improve Windows 10 and it’s not used to spy on users but there’s still furor over the issue.

According to TweakHound, Diagnostics Tracking Service appears to be gone from Windows 10 after users install the big November update but it’s still there, just under a different name. It has now been renamed as the Connect User Experience and Telemetry service.

Those who don’t want Windows 10 to constantly send their data back to Microsoft, fear not. There’s a way to disable the service. Forbes has released instructions on how to do so:

  1. Hold down the Windows key and tap the R key
  2. In the box that opens type ‘services.msc’ and press the Enter key
  3. In the ‘Services (Local)’ section locate ‘Connected User Experiences and Telemetry’ and double-click it
  4. In the ‘Service status’ section click ‘Stop’
  5. Under the ‘Startup type’ drop down menu select ‘Disabled’ and then confirm this and close the window by clicking ‘OK’

[Via TweakHound and Forbes]

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