How to Fix Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry High Disk Usage

In today’s world, everyone uses computers, mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Every user works with many electronic devices in which, a log of user activities can be kept. This log can be used for development purposes by the respective company that is keeping the activity log or can be used for data theft and malicious attacks as it has detailed information about the usage of the device.

Microsoft has a service with which data is collected from the user’s device for the development team in order to analyze the usage of the device and see what improvements need to be done.

What is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry?

As mentioned above, Microsoft compatibility telemetry is the service in Windows 10, that collects data or activity logs from user’s device for the development team in order to analyze the usage of the device and see if there are any bugs which need to be fixed in order to improve the system. Even though the company has guaranteed that the data collected from the user’s device is strictly for development purposes, many users tend to think that the company is spying on users. Which is why it becomes an important task for such users who worry about privacy to disable or fix the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry High Disk Usage.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry
Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry collects the following type of data and then it is sent to Windows development tool.

  • The text typed on the keyboard every 30 minutes.
  • First, everything that user says to Cortana is transmitted by this tool and then the full transcription of the conversation between user and Cortana is transmitted to Microsoft Windows developer team.
  • The list of all multimedia files on a users device is transmitted from the user’s device to Microsoft by Microsoft script.
  • What type of hardware is used by the user is collected?
  • Device driver details are collected by Microsoft telemetry tool.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry does not collect the following type of data :

  • User’s geographical location.
  • The Bing search history.
  • Windows 10 wallpapers on the user’s device.

Why is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry Necessary?

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is a tool deployed by Microsoft in order to improve system security. This tool is also helpful for improving system performance and upgrade the Windows operating system according to the needs and requirements of the user. This tool also helps to make the system safer from virus attacks.

Disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry Windows 10

When a tool deals with the collection of data and activity log on a system, users may think that it can steal sensitive data or spy on them. Which is why many users turn the compatibility telemetry off and do not let Microsoft collect any data from their system. Also, this data collecting tool occupies a lot of memory space in the system storage which is why many users clear that memory space by disabling the tool itself.

Method 1: Use the Group Policy Editor

  • Press Windows logo key and R key at the same time which will invoke a run command.

  • Type gpedit.msc and then click OK. For users who can’t find gpedit.msc on Windows 10, gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor) should be downloaded on the system. After downloading it, go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and copy the following –

folders: GroupPolicy
GroupPolicyUsers
gpedit.msc(console document)

  • Paste them in the following locations:
    C:\Windows\System
    C:\Windows\System32
  • Select Computer Configuration > ¬†AdministrativeTemplates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Builds.

  • Select Allow Telemetry.

  • Click Disabled and select OK.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

  • Press Windows logo key and R key at the same time which will invoke a run command.
  • Type regedit and then click OK.

  • When prompted by User Account Control, select YES.
  • Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > DataCollection.

  • Select Allow Telemetry. If Allow Telemetry is not found, one can create it manually. Click on DataCollection and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the new value – “Allow Telemetry”.

  • After setting the value date to zero (0), click OK.

Method 3: Update your device drivers

After the above methods, if one is still unable to disable the compatibility telemetry, one should update device drivers manually. Manual driver update can be done by the user visiting the website of the manufacturer of the device and checking for the most recent and correct version of the device driver available which should also be compatible with the Windows 10 variant of user’s system.

To check if the compatibility telemetry is disabled, the user needs to see if Microsoft compatibility telemetry takes up a normal disk usage. To see that, the user needs to open task manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys all at the same time.

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