Step-By-Step Guide To Disabling Microsoft Windows 10 Spying Service

Step-By-Step Guide To Disabling Microsoft Windows 10 Spying Service
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Do you know that Microsoft Windows 10 tracks how users interact with the system and send the data collected back to the company? As users are not happy with this tracking system, Microsoft has decided to get rid of this feature from its November update. This has not happened, though, since the feature is still in there with a different name.


Microsoft Windows 10’s Diagnostics Tracking Service or DiagTrack, as we knew it earlier, is now called “Connect User Experience and Telemetry service.” Even though Microsoft says that this feature is used only to collect data so Windows 10 can be constantly improved, no one seems convinced or comfortable sharing information with the company. If Connect User Experience and Telemetry service is irritating you as well, follow this step-by-step guide as given by Forbes to disable the service:

  1. First, hold on the Windows key and then tap on the R key.

  2. A box will pop up, type “services.msc” in that box and hit enter.

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  3. “Services (Local)” will open up. Look for “Connected User Experiences and Telemetry.”

  4. Double click on the option.

  5. You will then see “Service Status.” Click on Stop.

  6. In the Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Properties box, you will find a drop down menu beside “Startup Type.”

  7. Select Disable and confirm your choice.

  8. Now click on OK to exit.

Also, make sure that you only disable the service. Do not delete it as it may lead to problems. Gordon Kelly of Forbes mentioned that he has tried reaching out to the company for reactions about the issue, but Microsoft has not yet replied to his questions.

Microsoft has also been blamed for deleting third party apps from the system like 8gadgetpack, CPU-Z, SpyBot, speccy, HWMonitor and other apps without the user’s permission. Hopefully, the company will change policies and make Windows 10 a joyful experience on all levels.