Update adds telemetry to Windows 7


Many users are concerned about telemetry collection services and data collected by Microsoft with Windows 10. Some consider these features as an attempt to espouse and rely on this reason for not proceeding with an upgrade from Windows 7.

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After the release Windows 10, Microsoft released updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8, which increase the data collected by adding more telemetry input points to these operating systems. You should be aware that updates to Windows 7 also come with Telemetry updates.

If you are not happy with the practice of collecting and sending any form of data to Microsoft, no matter what the company claims about exactly what it collects and for what purpose, you should know that in the Windows 7 KB3068708, KB3075249 and KB3080149 there is an increase in telemetry collection data.

If on the other hand if you do not want to miss the other upgrades contained in the above versions, then the solution is to install them and disable the option "Customer Experience Improvement Program" (CEIP). When turned off, it prevents the collection and sending of telemetry data to Microsoft. This can be controlled using Sysinternals TCPView which with CEIP turned off does not show Windows 7 traffic to Microsoft servers.

Below you can see how to completely disable the Customer Experience Improvement Program in Windows 7.

1. Open it Control panel
2. go to Control Panel \ System and Security \ Action Center
3. To the left, click Change Action Center settings.
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4. On the next page, scroll down and click the link Customer Experience Improvement Program.2

5. A dialog box will appear asking: Do you want to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program? Select the option No, I do not want to join the program, as shown in the figure below, then click Save changes.
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Additionally, you can disable some tasks on your work schedule.
1. Go to Control Panel \ System and Security \ Administrative Tools \ Task Schedule.
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2. Open the following folder Task Schedule> Task Schedule Library> Microsoft> Windows> Application Experience
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3. Disable the following tasks:

  • AitAgent
  • ProgramDataUpdater

Just right-click on each of them and select "Disable" in the menu, as shown below.6

4. Now, go to the following folder: Task Schedule Library> Microsoft> Windows> Customer Experience Improvement Program
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5. Disable the following tasks:

  • Consolidator
  • KernelCeipTask
  • UsbCeip

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After that, the telemetry feature will not resend data to Microsoft.

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