Data privacy concerns are nothing new and you should know that Microsoft collects your data via remote tracking in Windows 11. If you’re not comfortable with it, there are several ways you can turn it off to prevent Microsoft from continuing to collect and log your data.
Turn off Windows permissions to restrict Microsoft’s access to data
If you disable remote tracking on Windows 11, Microsoft may claim that you will lose “customized” and “personalized” experiences across the Microsoft ecosystem. Here’s how to check and change your privacy settings on Windows 10 or Windows 11.
In this guide, we will walk you through each step required to disable remote tracking on Windows 11 to prevent Microsoft from logging too much of your data.
Turn off the telemetry feature in Windows 11
Deciding what data Microsoft can access is the best way to handle the privacy of your data. The way Microsoft handles diagnostics, feedback, and privacy in Windows should be as confusing as possible. The company is trying to make turning it off less convenient and more difficult.
Below are the settings below Windows Permissions You will need to turn off, erase, disable or delete.
go to Settings > Privacy and Security > General. Convert all keys to on. These are your basic privacy settings.
under Online speech recognitionyou want to change the toggle button to on. If you are inadvertently contributing audio clips to Microsoft, be sure to click Stop contributing audio clips To stop providing Microsoft access to your audio clips.
3. Customize inking and writing
Role Personal inking and typing dictionary switch to on. It may also be necessary to erase the contents of a file personal dictionary Also to prevent Microsoft from collecting inking and typing data.
4. Diagnosis and feedback
This setting was the only setting you needed to change to disable remote tracking in Windows. Convert all keys to on. Microsoft allocates up to 1 GB of hard drive space for your Diagnostics Data. Make sure all switches are turned off as shown.
click delete To make a request to delete and change your data that Microsoft has saved Feedback frequency to never. If you have a Microsoft account, you may need to delete additional data that is saved online in your account.
5. Activity history
Deselect a file Store my activity history on this device Box. click Clear Clears any activity history previously saved with Microsoft in the file.
6. Search permissions
SafeSearch settings are a personal preference, but it is important to turn off the two toggles within them Cloud Content Search and turn on The Search history on this device switch. Additionally, tap Clear device search history To clear any previously saved data.
Other Windows 11 Remote Tracking Options to Disable
If you want an iron-clad approach to limiting the data that Microsoft collects, it’s imperative that you cover all your bases. Here’s how to try to prevent Microsoft from collecting your data, even after you’ve made necessary changes in your Windows settings.
1. Group Policy Editor
In the Group Policy Editor, go to the following location: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Data Collection and Preview Creation
under Data collection and preview builds, disable all settings on this site. Restart your computer when finished.
2. Task scheduler
In the task scheduler, go to the following location: Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Customer Experience Improvement Program.
Right click unified and click Champions to turn it off.
If you have any devices connected to your computer via USB, Microsoft tracks this information as well, under UsbCeip, so you’ll need to disable that as well. Restart your computer when finished.
In Services, scroll down and double-tap Connected user experiences and telemetry. Disable it by setting Startup type to handicapped from the dropdown menu. click Progressing To apply the changes and then yes. Restart your computer when finished.
Why does Microsoft make it so complicated? Is there a Windows telemetry setup that I missed? Let me know in the comments!