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C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry *

Question: C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry *

In my windows 8.1 laptop I find the following folder
C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry
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*I am concerned about this 'telemetry'. What is this about?

I work entirely on the desktop and don't use the metro app side. Do I need this?

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Preferred Solution: C:\Windows\AppCompat\Appraiser\Telemetry *

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Hi All,
Like Office telemetry, I want to implement Windows Telemetry in my organization where I want to collect all the windows telemetry data into our local database.
Please let us know the steps which need to be performed to implement this.

Many Thanks,
Chandan

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Hello,

I hope I am posting in the correct forum. Let me know if I should post in a different winfows7 forum or the windows10 forum.

I have Windows 7 PRO (64bit) and cannot find a way to make an update to the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser.

What I have done:
Downloaded and installed KB3035583. I have the windows (flag /) icon in my task tray and successfully ran the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser. A report was generated on 5/26/2016 saying my PC (a desktop) was compatible and there was one software program that needed to be removed.

The software program is an ? older? copy of Acronis Home backup. I updated the Acronis program to a new version, and verified the new version works and makes backups.

I want to re-run the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser to verify my PC is now fully 100% compatible and the report does not list the Acronis software as incompatible.
I have been unable to find a way to manually run Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser.

When I open the Windows 10 task tray icon I appear to be stuck at the completion of the last run (report dated 5/26/2016) with no way to request and update.

I did a Google search on how to manually start Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser.
Two pages listed the following elevated command prompt to manually start Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser.

Open an elevated command prompt window, type the following command, and hit Enter:
schtasks.exe /Run /TN "\Micr... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser will not start manually

  
Quote: Originally Posted by krazykat sevenf


I need to have a current dated report showing the compatibility of the Acronis software status, so I can make changes or remove.


Do you need to have this purely to know if your machine is OK for Windows 10, to your own satisfaction?

Or do you need it for some other reason---like a class assignment requirement or because your boss told you that's what he wants?

If it's only for your own satisfaction, I'd figure that if it passed on the first attempt other than for Acronis, that it would pass now other than maybe for Acronis. I'd ignore it and worry about Acronis later if Acronis in fact proved to be a problem later on. Maybe replace Acronis with some other application if necessary.

But I wouldn't spend a lot of time worrying about the compatibility report, particularly since you already passed it other than Acronis.

I can't recall the last time someone posted on this forum about the official Microsoft report.

And I can't recall a time a PC was compatible with Win 7 Pro 64 and was not compatible with Win 10, but I suppose that's possible.

But maybe you have other reasons?

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Hello,
I hope I am posting in the correct forum. Let me know if I should post in a forum
I have Windows 7 PRO (64bit) and cannot find a way to make an update to the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser.
What I have done:
Downloaded and installed KB3035583. I have the windows (flag /) icon in my task tray and successfully ran the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser. A last report was generated on 5/26/2016 saying my PC (a desktop) was compatible and there was one software program that needed to be removed.
The software program is an “ older” copy of Acronis Home backup. I updated the Acronis program to a new version, and verified the new version works and makes backups.
I have followed The Windows Club posting:
How to manually run Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser - How to manually run Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser
My command prompt screen matched the command prompt screen shown in the post, so I believe the command I sent was accepted.
THE PROBLEM: It has now been over 4 hours and a check of the Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser report shows no change. Text of report is the same; Acronis software still flagged as a problem and the report was still dated 5/26/2016.
What am I doing wrong? I have added some other programs since the 5/26/2016 report date. I need to have a current dated report showing the compatibility status, so if there incompatibilities I can make changes or remove the offending hardware/software. I would like a “clean”... Read more

Answer:Windows 10 Compatibility Appraiser will not start manually

I have no idea why this is happening, but if you were to go in for the Windows 10 upgrade, those programs that are incompatible would be disabled. Since your hardware does not seem to be the issue, your upgrade should go smoothly.
You can also manually check if your OEM computer is ready for Windows 10 by seeing thier lists.

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SlartyNote2: I tried getting to the dropbox, but the redirect in TF just kept spinning so I uploaded a revised copy with the Win8.1 KB check corrected.: Download fixGwx_full.zip here
The zip folder is a different name, but the batch file inside is still named win10fix_full.bat. If you download this zip file, you can ignore any comments about KB 3035583 being checked twice instead of KB 2976978 for Win8.1.
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See Yaqub K's reply marked as Answer dated June 1, 2015
It's easy to find, it's the 1st reply

But wait ... there's more. An intrepid team of MS community members worked a few suggested solutions into a cmd file.

Susan Bradley (a friend of Designer Media forums) wrote:





There is a community provided tool/script that will go through several means to fix the common issues. The link to this tool/script is buried on page 90 of this forum - but the easier way to find it is in the middle of this InfoWorld article - it's the dropbox link Dropbox - win10fix_full.zip which is also referred to in the article below:

How to remove (or acquire) the Windows 10 free copy icon
Instructions to run the tool:Go to https://www.dropbox.com/s/0u0au9xgy6ss18p/win10fix_full.zip?dl=0 and download the file.
SlartyNote1: You do not need to create a Dropbox account, just [X] out of that dialog window. The download should begin automatically and will be saved in your default download save location (normally your Downloads folder)
Copy the win10fix_full.ba... Read more

Answer:Get Windows 10 (gwx) app: Appraiser and Reservation notification icon

June 10 : Windows Update (WU) sent this to my Win7 box.

KB 2952664 : Compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7





Introduction : This update helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows.

How to obtain this update : Windows Update
This update is provided as an Optional update from Windows Update.

How to obtain the update from Windows Update
To obtain this update from Windows Update, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then type Update in the search box. In the list of results, click Windows Update.In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.If you see a message telling you that optional updates are available, or telling you to review optional updates, click the message to view the optional updates.In the list, select the check box for update 2952664, click OK, and then click Install updates.

See the frequently asked questions for Windows Update in Windows 7.



Looking deeper, it appears that this KB contains some new Apprariser and Compatibility files. Sadly the update changed nothing on the machine as far as the gwx icon is concerned ... maybe it will take the next cycle though the system test tonight.

The update failed on the first install, I just checked for updates again and it went through.

Reboot is required.

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Hi,
can someone help me out here please.
I woke up this morning and checked my network and sharing centre and I have this on my local area connection, which keep coming and going


I have searched it and I do not own a writing pad! My computer has the sharing turned off aswel.

I also noticed an appraiser file inventory on my recent files

Also the inflight was turned on while I was sleeping.

Please help I have had strange activity on my computer everyday and can't find anyone who can tell me how to stop it, I have secured my windows account but it still happens.

Could it be possible someone has control using API.

Thanks
Elaine
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4030U CPU @ 1.90GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4004 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 889 GB (789 GB Free); D: 24 GB (22 GB Free);
Motherboard: LENOVO, Lenovo Flex 2-14
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled


 

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Hi,
 
I was reading a security article on the Emsisoft web site, and in one of the comments at the end of the article, a person made a statement about Windows 10-type telemetry (i.e., Microsoft "spyware") being incorporated in updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Is there any truth to this or is it just a conspiracy theory? If it is true, is there a way to disable it?
 
Thanx.

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I've seen Cliff's posting in Windows 8 forum, about how to avoid telemetry in Windows. After checking my Windows 8.1, there were three of the patches for telemetry/upgrade preparation installed from the list. A quick check on Windows 7 showed six of the patches installed, all marked as "important".

My guess is that Windows 8.1 has some of the telemetry already incorporated in the OS, that would explain why there are "only" three of the telemetry patches.

Some people, including myself, using the telemetry "feature" among other things in Windows 10 for not updating their previous Windows versions. Little did we know that Microsoft had retrofitted Windows 7, and 8.x with the telemetry "feature". That's just awesome... Not!!!

Answer:Telemetry for Windows 7...

Well know for some time
How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8

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What's the most through and safest way to disable Windows 10 telemetry?

Answer:Disable Windows 10 Telemetry?

The safest way is to go through your privacy settings and Cortana & Search settings and set them up as you see fit.  I did this upon installing Windows 10 and that's all I did and most of the things people are complaining about, e.g., ads on the start menu, simply do not happen if you've tweaked the appropriate setting or settings (e.g., the "Let apps use my advertising ID" in general privacy settings for the prior example) to your liking.  It's not difficult nor is it particularly time consuming.  One can run through all the Privacy and Cortana settings in less than 15 minutes, tops.
 
I don't encourage anyone to turn off the system health telemetry, period.  All major OS developers have this sort of telemetry, and it's very helpful for catching "bad updates" on those occasions where they occur before they've been rolled out to the entire world and for improving little bits and pieces of the OS.  If you're really desperate to do that Spybot Anti-Beacon is probably your best choice.  Note well that this kind of telemetry is not new, not by a long shot, and has served its legitimate purpose for a long time now.  The telemetry related to building a personal profile on you for use by the Cortana personal digital assistant functionality is entirely new, and can be entirely turned off via a couple of switches.  If you had been using the Cortana PDA functionality and want to purge all "cloud memory" regarding yourself the links to do... Read more

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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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Hello, I have a question about Windows Updates and Telemetry.

Really, I have a question about the trustworthiness of this website: http://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-on-windows-7-and-8/

I have followed the tips there for disabling telemetry and CEIP in Windows 7, except I did not edit my Registry.

My question is, should I trust the list of Windows Updates to uninstall/not install? Some of them, I have seen red-flagged on another website, which people here told me was a reliable website. Other updates, that I don't recall seeing flagged before, are:

KB2976978
KB3044374
KB3050267
KB3058168
KB3064683
KB3065988
KB3072318
KB3083711
KB3083325
KB3112343
 

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I've read that various updates to Windows 7 enable telemetry. I'd like to know what level of telemetry this is. According to this Microsoft page, there are 3 options for telemetry in Windows 10: Basic, Enhanced, and Full.

Does anyone know what level of telemetry is enabled in Windows 7 - is it Basic, Enhanced, or Full? If it's Basic, then maybe I can live with that, and not bother trying to uninstall a bunch of updates.

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I have gone through seemingly endless forums and posts about getting Microsoft out of my data and it seems that nothing is a true solution - by the time the computer starts up again, it is back to factory "steal my data" settings.

I consult on a wide range of projects, and as such, I am in charge of a large amount of confidential information. Security settings and crash reports should be at my choice.

Is there any way whatsoever to set my computer from Win7-Win10 to not send any information out to Microsoft.

I understand that there is a "Limited" amount of data being sent when set to "basic" however, the interpretation of the user agreement by various organizations and firms is variable to what that actually means. Due to the vagueness of the agreement the Microsoft group has chosen to put out there, i am not comfortable with what I have and will continue to need to do on my PC with Windows 10 doing what can only be described as nosily tracking me.

Thanks

Answer:Windows 10 Pro Telemetry - Disable

Hi, two free programs have been designed aimed at changing settings to minimise reporting:
O&O shutup
Spybot Anti-beacon

These only change settings you can change manually.

Note one side-effect of changing some of the privacy settings is you may find a red message
'Some settings are managed by your organisation'
which is confusing and some find disconcerting.
(E.g. when in Settings, Privacy, General)

Sometimes this also means you come across a feature or setting that no longer works.

However these programs also have the means to change things back to default, so are relatively safe.

I would suggest
a. Turn system restore on (it's off by default in Win 10)
b. set a restore point before using them (they may prompt for this anyway, I can't recall)
c. don't change all settings at once; change some, check everything's ok for a while, then continue.

Note much has been written about the significance of non-personal reporting to MS, as you will be aware.

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This topic it may have been discussed somewhere in tenforums, if so please redirect me.

I decided to use Windows Defender (WD) and SmartScreen (SS) as AV. I would like to tweak its settings to avoid telemetry as far as it does not reduce the effectiveness of its protections.
Do I need to send cloud telemetry?
I understand that Disabling SS will lower the protection but I read that SS send a lot of things and it is of a privacy concern for many.
Does SS have access to the browsing history and surfing habit of the user? Does it send details of apps, files, TV series and the like the user watch or download?
With the upcoming W10 fall upgrade WD will be greatly enhanced with a number of new features. I suspect more telemetry too.

I'll much appreciate any thought, suggestion and insight how to find a balance between security and privacy.

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Windows Telemetry Center is a rogue security software which will report that malware has been detected on your computer in an attempt to scare you into buying this malicious software.
In reality, none of the reported issues are real, and are only used to scare you into buying Windows Telemetry Center and stealing your personal financial information.

As part of its self-defense mechanism,Windows Telemetry Center has installed a rootkit on your computer,which will disable the Windows Task Manager and will block you from running any program that could lead to its removal.

Windows Telemetry Center is a scam and you should ignore any alerts that this malicious software might generate.
Under no circumstance should you buy this rogue security software as this could lead to identity theft,and if you have, you should contact your credit card company and dispute the charge stating that the program is a scam and a computer virus.
Removal instructions for Windows Telemetry Center virus​This is a self-help guide, use at your own risk.
If you experience problems completing this guide, or the problem persists after following the instructions below or would like to have one of our staff members guide you through the process, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.
STEP 1 : Start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking

Remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer.

Press and hold the F8 key as your computer re... Read more

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I did a search of my hard-drive today looking for files which had been modified today (by searching for datemodified:today), I do this sometimes, anyway, one of the things which came up was a file called Microsoft-Windows-Application-Experience%4Program-Telemetry.evtx . I wondered what this was so took a look at it, it opens a thing in event viewer which then shows within it a list of "information" events (that is events classed as "information" rather than "error"s or "critical" bugs). The "source" for ALL these events is "Application-Experience", their dates and times go right back to when the computer was new. They all have "general" descriptions reading :"Compatibility fix applied to C:\[path of an exe file]Fix information:[program name], {[code of numbers and letters with some dashes separating them]}, 0X{some other number]"The "details" "xml view" then shows some more information including precise times, "event IDs", "threadIDs", the "name" of my computer, a "channel", a "security userID", a "processID", a "fixID", a start time, "flags", the file's path and two microsoft URLs.It doesn't do this for every program but there are a lot for ms office programs, a lot for 7z and there seems to be one for every time I run vlc media player akong with a few relating to avast antivirus. What is this log about, is this just data being collected or is it being sent to microsoft? I am pretty sure that the customer experience improvement program is disabled on this machine, so is this... Read more

Answer:How much telemetry is collected by windows 8.1? something odd I noticed

CEIP has been around for years and only collects data about Microsoft products and some third party apps that connect with Microsoft products.  It has no user identifiable information in it.  You can opt out though it appears the data is still collected just in case you ever opt in.  Since June it seems like several of the updates have enabled privacy settings that were initially not allowed by the user so you need to check any settings you set limiting what Microsoft has access to.
 
It is interesting to note that Microsoft in update KB3080149 included the statement "Reduces the network connections on a Windows system that doesn’t participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)."
So by not participating you are being 'punished'.
 
There are other updates that add telelmetry to consent.exe and also add additional diagnostic and telemetry data collection.  They say they are just collecting metadata, which is the same data the NSA claims to be collecting.  The question is does using the same term mean the same thing.  Privacy in Windows today is questionable.

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.
If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

KB2505438 (Although it claims to fix performance issues, it often breaks fonts)
KB2670838 (The EVIL Update, breaks AERO on Windows 7 and makes some fonts on websites fuzzy, Windows 7 specific update only, do not install IE10 or 11 otherwise it will be bundled with them, IE9 is the max version you should install)
KB2952664 (Windows 10 Upgrade preparation)
KB2976978 ... Read more

Answer:Windows Updates to hide to prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

Yes, I've kept a list of those updates for Win 10 and Telemetry and don't have them on my PC because I did hide them all multiple times (Win 10) and yet some came back over and over. Therefore I don't trust Microsoft anymore and don't have the automatic updates set anymore for at least 6 months.

Just checked them again against your list and all is fine here.
 

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How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Windows 10 now comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft has provided no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Here is a solution for editions other than Enterprise to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10.

Read the full story at Winaero
How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

Myself I went back to 8.1 which I only use rarely. My main OS is 7 Ultimate.

Answer:How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10

you cant modify this if you are in the insider program, from what I can see..

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I've posted this question on Reddit and wasn't able to get a definitive answer.
Anyway, I've read in a few places that Telemetry can be completely disabled on Windows 10 Education. I am able to set it to 0 via gpedit but I'm not sure if it's disabled completely or not.
The gpedit entry does state the following: "Setting a value of 0 is applicable to enterprise and server devices only. Setting a value of 0 for other devices is equivalent to choosing a value of 1."
When I've read about the differences between 10 Enterprise and 10 Education, I've never seen anything about Telemetry mentioned. The only differences I can find are the watermark on the desktop and Education not being able to use LTSB.
How can I tell if 10 Education behaves like 10 Enterprise in regards to setting Telemetry to 0 (disables it completely) or like 10 Pro (sends basic info regardless of setting it to 0)?

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Hi, I have a question about the telemetry (spying and personal data theft) Windows updates. I have read that Microsoft created a bunch of these and want to uninstall them.

I found 3 websites that list a bunch of updates. I know how to uninstall using command prompt and "wusa", and don't plan to use any third-party batch scripts, I will do it all manually.

My question is whether these 3 sources are reliable/safe sources of lists of which updates to uninstall, or of there's some update they list that I really should not remove (because it's necessary for security or fixing a bug, or not actually telemetry/spyware nor altering the computer to prepare it to "upgrade" to Windows 10). These are the 3 sources I am asking about:

https://gist.github.com/xvitaly/eafa75ed2cb79b3bd4e9
https://www.hackread.com/microsoft-updates-spy-on-windows7-8-users/
https://freedomhacker.net/latest-windows-7-8-81-update-spy-windows-10-4568/
 

Answer:How to Uninstall Telemetry/Spyware Windows Updates?

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Win10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Win10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Remote Assist... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Win10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Win 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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I read about this tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7. It's from AskVG.com:






Quote:
Our reader "Xircal" shared some useful information with us. Even if the user opts out of the CEIP program, another task called "Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" continues to relay data to Microsoft via a log file called "AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl" present in "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\" folder.

You can disable this Compatibility Appraiser task using following steps:

1. Press WIN+R keys together to launch RUN dialog box, type regedit in RUN and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener

In right-side pane, change the value of Start DWORD to 0 to turn off the auto logger program.

3. Again go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\WMI\Autologger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener\{DD17FA14-CDA6-7191-9B61-37A28F7A10DA}

In right-side pane, look for the DWORD Enabled. Its value would be set to 1 by default. Double-click on the DWORD and change its value from a 1 to 0 to disable the task.

Restart your computer to take effect.


Besides not contributing to Microsoft's massive volume of collected data, are there any downsides to following this tip? Does it break anything (except sending telemetry data to Microsoft)?

Answer:Is this a good tip to remove one kind of telemetry from Windows 7?

See related post: Updates without rollups

Doesn't break anything for me.

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As of December 9, 2016, are there any current Windows Update patches for Windows 7 that perhaps should not be installed due to privacy or telemetry issues?

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Windows KB2952664 and KB2976978 telemetry updates re-released (again)

Microsoft re-released the Windows 7 telemetry update KB2952664 and the Windows 8.1 telemetry update KB2976978 yesterday... these updates as they were the prerequisites for Microsoft's infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) campaign that haunted users who did not want to upgrade to Windows 10 for almost a year.
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http://www.ghacks.net/2017/02/10/kb2652664-and-kb2976978-telemetry-updates-re-released-again/
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3168397/microsoft-windows/microsoft-re-releases-snooping-patches-kb-2952664-kb-2976978.html

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O&O ShutUp10 Receives New Features to Block Windows 10 Data Collection
​O&O ShutUp10, an application that can disable all data collection processes in Windows 10 and turn off a little more than the options you see in the Settings screen of the operating system.

And thanks to an update released today, the program is even more effective, as it fixes a number of bugs but also introduces some new options.

New options:
O&O ShutUp10 1.3.1355 now comes with an option to disable the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) and the Wi-Fi sense for all or just the currently logged-in user. Wi-Fi Sense is a Windows 10 feature that allows your device to automatically connect to wireless networks that have previously been used by your friends on Facebook, Outlook.com, or Skype.
Passwords for these networks are securely transmitted between contacts on Windows 10, so this way, you can remain connected all the time when known networks are discovered.
The same version of the app also comes with improvements to the SmartScreen filter, but also several other bug fixes, so in case you?ve experienced issues with a previous release, this is the right moment to update.
Remember that Microsoft does not recommend anyone to turn to such apps because they could affect the performance and reliability of the operating system. Some features might be disabled, including Windows Update, which is a critical service to make sure that your computer is fully protected against th... Read more

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/micr...lemetry-update-for-windows-7-pcs-508991.shtml

Believe it or not, one of the updates that made it possible for Microsoft to bring the Get Windows 10 nagware app on so many Windows 7 computers is back, this time without a clear reason.

KB2952664 landed on Windows 7 PCs on October 4, and Microsoft hasn?t yet provided us with information on why exactly it re-released this patch given the fact that it doesn?t seem to bring any notable changes.

According to the official KB page, this update is only supposed to improve the upgrade experience to Windows 10, but given the fact that free upgrades are no longer available, it?s hard to believe that this makes sense for anyone.



Telemetry update
On the other hand, it?s important to note that this is a telemetry update, so it helps Microsoft collect information on compatibility issues that might be experienced during the upgrade to Windows 10.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. These diagnostics help determine whether compatibility issues may be encountered when the latest Windows operating system is installed. This update will help Microsoft and its partners ensure compatibility for customers who want to install the latest Windows operating system,? the official KB page reads.

And, of course, users have already started asking questions about this new update, with some believing th... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases KB2952664 Telemetry Update for Windows 7 PCs

Probably intentional to get more users to upgrade to Windows 10.
 

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So much for Microsoft's "we won't sell your data to third parties".

http://betanews.com/2016/11/24/microsoft-shares-windows-10-telemetry-data-with-third-parties/
 

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I wrote a quick batch script to disable some of the Windows 10 telemetry.

It's interactive, safe*, and easy to use.


Download Link: Script


I'm working on a more comprehensive application to control the telemetry in windows 10. A true C++ application, but there's a lot more testing to be done before I can share that.



* Safe, but some options are permanent.

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

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I want to make this part of my unattended install:
https://gist.github.com/matthewjberg...a34e597f457b7f

I am following a guide on how to customise windows 10. I have at least my storage drivers since they are compatible between windows 7 & 10. I have a copy of windows 10 pro and an activation code. I'm using NTlite to customise the .wim files. However the guy who wrote the guide said my question on how to use this script in my install was better asked elsewhere.


FYI this is the guide I speak of:
https://www.win-raid.com/t750f25-Gui...Win-image.html

Answer:Integrate popular windows telemetry disabler into win10 install ISO?

@Kari may be able to recommend an approach. He knows more about dropping interesting third-party stuff into image customization and Sysprep than anybody else I know. Maybe he'll chime in, once he gets his misbehaving laptop running again...?
--Ed--

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We knew this already, but a nice read nevertheless!!

Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a clean install, and just let it sit and run without using it.

What I have done for this analysis:
I have installed DD-WRT on a router connected to the internet and configured remote logging to the Linux Mint laptop in #2.
I have installed Linux Mint on a laptop, and setup rsyslog to accept remote logging from the DD-WRT router.
I have installed Virtualbox on the Linux Mint laptop, and installed Windows 10 EnterprisePNG on Virtualbox. I have chosen the customized installation option where I disabled three pages of tracking options.
I have configured the DD-WRT router to drop and log all connection attempts via iptables through the DD-WRT router by Windows 10 Enterprise.
Aside from installing Windows 10 Enterprise, and verifying the internet connection through ipconfig and ping yahoo.com, I have not used the Windows 10 installation at all (the basis for the first part of th... Read more

Answer:Even With Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks To Dozens of Microsoft Servers

Of course it does,following their new motto "Microsoft as a service"
 

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Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Even though this month?s Patch Tuesday was delayed, Microsoft rolled out non-security Office updates this week, targeting both Office 2013 and Office 2016 with a total of 17 patches.

But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

First and foremost, the Office patches. Microsoft shipped 5 different updates for Office 2013, with dedicated patches for OneDrive, Project, and Visio. Then, there?s Office 2016, which is getting not only general patches, but also updates that are specifically aimed at Access, OneDrive for Business, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, and Visio, bringing the total count to 12 updates.

Telemetry patches
In addition to these Office updates, Microsoft is also re-releasing KB2952664 and KB2976978 for Windows 7 and 8.1, respectively for a reason that?s not yet known.

As Woody Leonhard of InfoWorld notes, these updates first showed up at a time when everyone was struggling to deal with the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app, though Microsoft specifically mentions that they are not related to this application in any way.

Their official KB pages indeed indicate that both updates were re-released on March 7, while their descriptions point out that only users who are part of the Windows Consumer Experience Improvement Program should get them.

?This u... Read more

Answer:Microsoft Re-Releases Windows Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Exterminator said:


But what?s more interesting is that this week, the company also re-released two patches there were previously linked to telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1Click to expand...

no big deal now , the CIA will own you (eventually)
 

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Microsoft Re-Releases KB2652664, KB2976978 Telemetry Updates for Windows 7/8.1

Microsoft has silently re-released two Windows telemetry updates that were linked to the infamous Get Windows 10 (GWX) app that the company pushed to Windows 7 and 8.1 users in mid-2015 to prepare the migration to Windows 10.

The company, however, does not disclose what exactly is new in KB2952664 for Windows 7 and KB 2976978 for Windows 8.1, providing just a generic description that doesn?t say much about their purpose.

?This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update,? the company says on the KB page.
The two updates are currently listed as optional and it?s not known if the company wants to promote them to the important branch next week when it releases this month?s Patch Tuesday updates.

Telemetry updates
What?s also important to know is that these updates are supposed to be shipped to users in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program and are listed as compatibility updates for keeping Windows up-to-date.

In the past, the two updates were linked with telemetry data collection in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and they launched a Windows task identified as Do... Read more

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Windows 10 brought us Cortana. Edge. A brand new Start Menu. Oh, and a host of new and extended ways for Microsoft to capture data on your activities.

Fortunately 2015 has also seen the growth of a whole new market for programs to turn these technologies off again, and Windows 10 Spy Disabler is the latest example.
The program is a sub-2MB download which unzips 32 and 64-bit executables. Just double-click the appropriate version for you, or run the 32-bit if you?re unsure.

Launch the program and it displays a list of 20+ "privacy tweaks" you can apply. Some are clearly Windows 10-specific ("Always Send DoNotTrack on IE/ Edge", "Prevent Wifi Sense from connecting to open hotspots"), others are a little more ambiguous ("Disable Telemetry & Data Collection"), and a few are standard privacy tweaks for any recent Windows version ("Disable Recent Files, Folders, Docs, Progs").

If you?re looking for fine control then this probably isn?t the program for you. "Disable Cortana, WebSearch, BingSearch" is a single option, for instance: if you only want to disable one of those, you?re out of luck.

Still, Windows 10 Spy Disabler does a good job of keeping you safe, by offering to create a system restore point before applying any tweaks.

There?s also a bonus "System Tweaks" tab which gives easy access to more general Windows settings: "Show Hidden and System Files", "Disable Windows Rem... Read more

Answer:Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Windows 10 Spy Disabler

There are so many tools available to stop Windows 10 spying,it would be cool if a list is posted under one thread(and possibly reviews also).
 

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I have been noticing lately a lot of people keep asking the same question on how to prevent the Windows 10 upgrade so here is a list of updates that need to be hidden in order to prevent the Windows 10 Upgrade or prevent updates that enable Telemetry, some of them are system preparation for the upgrade so you may not find them all in your updates list until a pre-requistie update was installed before.

If doing a clean installation of Windows 7 or 8, you need to scan the list of updates carefully everytime updates appear to ensure none of them re-appears as Micro$h4ft has been showing some of them again even if you hide them.

If you have already installed Windows and did a few updates, then head over to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates then go from the top to the bottom through the list to ensure none of them is installed, if you do find one installed, then uninstall it, reboot, then check for updates and once it appears right click on it and hide it.

These Windows 10 upgrade activation updates are like a virus really, only thing is, it's a legit virus

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First of all, for Windows 7 users, let's install the Disable IE 10 and IE 11 toolkit in order for them to not showup in Windows Updates because if one installs them, he would get KB2670838 installed automatically as they come bundled with them which will break the AERO functionality on many systems and/or display blur... Read more

Answer:Windows7/8 - Updates To Hide To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrade / Disable Telemetry

People can simplify it by using he GWX Control Panel
 

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plus where would a person find a dictionary of windows file terms that the average layman could understand?

Answer:What Is Appcompat.txt

Read this.http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_resolve_my_pro...pcompattxt.html

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Question: appcompat.txt

XP + SP2

I have a problem which shows itself in running CD's and some searches in one of my browsers, BT-Yahoo. These just "non-respond" and an error message to Microsoft shows, as an example,

sz AppName:ybrowser,exe szAppVer:2004.2.13.1 szModName: hungappp
szModVer: 0000 Offset 0000000

And a Technical Message, typically

C:\DOCUME~1\NAME~1\LOCALS~1\WER3d15.dir00\ybrowser.exe.mdmp
C:\DOCUME~1\NAME~1\LOCALS~1\WER3d15.dir00\appcompat.txt

I can provide a HijackThis file if necessary. I have, of course,
redownloaded programs and run a/v and anti-trojan programs.

Please advise how to rectify other than a full re-installation of XP SP2.

Answer:appcompat.txt

Please download HijackThis (http://www.greyknight17.com/spy/HijackThis.exe) - this program will help us determine if there are any spyware/malware on your computer. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Run a scan and save the log file. Get HijackThis Analyzer (http://www.greyknight17.com/download.htm#programs) and save it to the same folder as the hijackthis.log file. Run HijackThis Analyzer and type in y if you agree. Open up the 'result.txt' file created. Copy the whole result.txt log and post it in the forum. Do not fix anything in HijackThis since some of these may be harmless.

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Question: APPCOMPAT

CAN ANYBODY HELP or advise me please:Yesterday, I was in the process of transfering image files on Photoshop when my PC froze and the programme was terminated with the usual 'send error report' Since then, other programmes (as well as Windows Explorer) have also been unexpectedly terminated - all showing the same error message: This shows a file 'appcompat.txt' and is usually preceded with some obscure alpha-numeric reference such as 'c8f7_' for example. I am keen to repair this if anyone can offer a solution as I need to continue working in Photoshop! I have so far tried various scan programmes such as Adaware SE and Spyware Detector to no avail (assuming that my problem is virus related) I also have Norton Anti-Virus 2007 installed, which has not reported any problems. My OS is Windows XP - Any help would be greatly appreciated - perhaps, in return, I could help any budding photographers with their camera and Photoshop queries! Thanks in anticipation.

Answer:APPCOMPAT

click herethis will help you understand a bit more about the error message you are getting.As you have scanned for virus with norton suggest a deep scan for spy /malware with what ever progs you have, you could also try a system restore.When you read the link you will understand that the message IS NOT the error so it may have to be a process of illimination,good luck..

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Question: appcompat.txt

I keep getting this message.
on my xp machine
I need help to fix it
Thank You
Ema
 

Answer:appcompat.txt

http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_resolve_my_problem_with_appcompattxt.html
 

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Question: Appcompat

Hello I'm sure this has been on here at one point but here goes:

Trying to run a program, appcompat error comes up. Hijack this log is attached. Can anybody help? Can't really tell you what I was doing at time because I opened the program after a few months of not touching it, so the possibilites are endless of where the appcompat.txt file came from. Already looked for it in hidden folders try to delete it, etc.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Appcompat

Hi


Appcompat is a legit Microsoft file in that its dumping data due to an incompatible application/driver on your PC, so inthat case you will have to check what you have installed of late to find the cause, however a possible reason could be the fact you have two antivirus applications installed in McAfee VirusScan and eTrust EZ Antivirus, you will need to remove one.

But even more serious is that you may indeed have some malware on your PC, and a hijackthis log on its own and one without its name changes as in the guide below will not highlight all malware, so please run through the guide and attach all the logs requested, then our malware experts will review them and issue you some tailored removal instructions.


Our standard cleaning procedures which are necessary for us to provide you support. Also there are steps included for installing, running, and posting HijackThis logs as attachments.

Run ALL the steps in this Sticky thread READ & RUN ME FIRST Before Asking for Support
Make sure you check version numbers and get all updates.
Very Important: Make sure you tell us the results from running the tutorial...was anything found? Were you unable to complete any of the scans?...Were you unable to download any of the tools?...Did you do the on-line scans as suggested? etc.

After doing ALL of the above you still have a problem make sure you have booted to normal mode and run the steps in the below link to properly use HijackThis and attach a log:
Downloading, In... Read more

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Question: appcompat.txt

While I'm Playing Dawn Of War Or Company Of Heroes My Pc Crashes And Sends Me To Desktop With A Warning Saying About The Error And Here It Is Tha Appcompat.txt. This Problem Happens Very Often And Till Today I Can't Solve It. Do You Have Any Solutions To Propose?thanks!
 

Answer:appcompat.txt

Appcompat.txt is not the problem, it is just the file that has been created about the problem.

Check for Updates for your Video Card

I would Run some anti-Virus Scans and malware scans with these:
If you have these Adaware, Spybot already please Update and run scans,if not follow these instructions:

Download Ad-Aware
Install Ad-Aware using default settings, open and Check for updates (bottom right),
then run a Full Scan and delete what it finds by right clicking and Select All in the list.

Download Spy-Bot
Install Spy-Bot, open and click Search For Updates,
then click Check For Problems, Delete what it finds.

do a Online Scan from one of these locations, be patient it may take some time scanning..

PandaActiceScan

TrendMicro Housecall

TrendMicro (No ActiveX)
 

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Good Morning:

For the last week I have been getting a Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and will close error. The file name referenced is

Notepad C:\DOCUME~\Owner\LOCALS~1\Temp\82d2_appcompat.txt

I noticed others have had similar error messages and you asked for the Hijackthis log so I went ahead and did it to save time.
I hope you can help me as this is making it difficult to work on my computer.

Thanks and have a great day
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 5:49:44 AM, on 01/11/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Trusteer\Rapport\bin\RapportMgmtService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Portrait Displays\Shared\DTSRVC.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nlssrv32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\BCMSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\CDBurnerXP\NMSAccessU.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\Pr... Read more

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first of all hello everyone my first time here on this forum ,have 2 error following me more then month with make torrent and game F.E.A.R and i don,y know how to resolve this problems am going crazy







i try reinstall same again anyone knows how to resolve this

Answer:eRROR appcompat.txt

Hello lanparty and welcome to TSF
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We believe that the main purpose of P2P programs is to illegally download and use copyrighted material of whatever description. We further understand that there may be legal uses for P2P, but as we are not able to assess a user's intent when he/ she asks for help, we do not support P2P software and we will not assist any user in this regard. This includes but is not limited to Bearshare, Kazaa and many others.




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Hey all,I just installed Battle for Middle Earth, a pc game. When i click on the desktop icon to start the game it comes up with an error: game.dat has encountered a problem....etc.I click on the data report and:Error Signature - AppName: game.dat AppVer: 0.0.0.0 ModName: ~df394b.tmpModVer: 0.0.0.0 Offset: 000c486bC:\DOCUME~1\ellwood\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERAE.tmp.dir00\appcompat.txtI have searched for ages on google to find problems and alot of people have had this problem, mostly people when they start up windows they get an error and it shows a link to the appcompat.txt.Any help much appreciated.

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Question: Appcompat Problem

Was told to move this post here so:
Hello I'm sure this has been on here at one point but here goes:

Trying to run a program, appcompat error comes up. Hijack this log is attached. Can anybody help? Can't really tell you what I was doing at time because I opened the program after a few months of not touching it, so the possibilites are endless of where the appcompat.txt file came from. Already looked for it in hidden folders try to delete it, etc.

Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:Appcompat Problem

Few things...read this..might help you understand why I am asking a few seemingly unrelated question



Appcompat.txt is simply a reporting file used when uploading error reports to Microsoft. You've seen the message asking you if you would like to "report this error to Microsoft"? Appcompat.txt is a file that is uploaded if you say yes.

Appcompat.txt is not the problem. It contains information about the problem. Open it up in notepad, and you'll see what I mean. When you get an error message that references appcompat.txt, it'll usually give you the full path to the file. So click on Start, Run and enter:

notepad C:\DOCUME~1\username\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER7b4e.dir00\appcompat.txt

Where "C:\DOCUME~1\username\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER7b4e.dir00\appcompat.txt" is replaced with the actual information that was presented in the error message. You'll see a lot of technical information that begins with this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-16"?>
<DATABASE>

Followed by information about the program that was running at the time an error occurred. Note: it's not meant that you understand this. It's meant for the engineers back at Microsoft to use to analyze failures and hopefully provide fixes over time. I point it out here, simply to drive home the point:

Appcompat.txt is not the problem. It contains information about the problem.Click to expand...

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Hey guys,

First post to this forum and in dire need of some direction/solution.

My problem is about 75% of the time, when I click a desktop item, start button or try access my IE browser, I get an error message ".....Temp\Wer42temp.dir00\appcompat.txt". After receiving this error, my icons disappear for about 3 secs. and screen instantly blinks however, everything reappears. If I click on the SAME icon that caused the error.....I can access the program, no problem

I understand this to be a "compatibility issue" of some sort and the M$ website only leads me to the "catalog" page showing me which hardware/software IS compatible....not a solution in my book. How can I find out WHAT is incompatible w/o going to M$ website?

Anyways, I've cleaned my temp directory, temp internet files/cookies, ran an updated Panda Pro Antivirus scan, a spyware scan, deleted all appcompat.txt files.....to no avail.

Any help would be a blessing!

My specs:
Win XP Pro SP1
AMD XP 1900 (1.6G)
768M Ram
ATI Radeon 7500 128M Video Card
Creative PCI 16 Sound Card
60G HD
Roadunner Broadband
HERE is my HiJack This! log:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 11:14:29 PM, on 2/21/2004
Platform: Windows XP (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2600.0000)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
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Answer:Appcompat.txt error?!

Clear startup and that should take care of this problem so
Start - run - msconfig - system configuration utilities - general - selective startup - uncheck load startup items- apply- close- restart thats itttttttttttttttt.
 

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Hi there friends, I am having a problem with my laptop, not this one. every time I try to use explorer, on 98% of sites it gives me the fault report I send it and it then shuts the explorer down. and the fault report says it Appcompat.txt Any one know what I can do?? thanks already for reading. Bless.......
 

Answer:cart use explorer as of appcompat.txt

I did a search and found this. Please read it might help

http://ask-leo.com/how_do_i_resolve_my_problem_with_appcompattxt.html
 

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Just completed new HD install with ALL trimming for winxp and spyware and I am seeing window on boot - Generic host process for 32 services, c\docume~amy\locals\temp\werfc4d.dir00\ending with (svhost.exemdmp and appcompat.txt). Have run cleanmgr and %temp% but it comes back in 2 reboots. Ran hijack log attached and need help to delete correct files. Also, where did these files come from ? See svchost but no appcompat. Also would like to close msn messanger down because of security in agency.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 12:32:49 PM, on 6/26/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RunDll32.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
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results in requests to send error message, Outlook closes and I must reopen. I can't seem to find a solution. Can you help? I use XP and have installed the security updates. I have have found no virus with Symantec, or spyware with Spybot.
 

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Here's my computer specific:
Windows XP Home Edition with SP2
Dell Dimension 4550
Dell Security Center (McAfee) with Firewall, AntiSpam, AntiHack, AntiVirus enabled.

When I booted up my computer, it automatically connect to Internet, I received an error "Generic Host Process for Win32 Service." I clicked the detail report:
AppName: svchost.exe
AppVer: 5.1.2600.2180

And from Error Report Contents:
WERbbb3.dir00.svchost.exe.mdmp
WERbbb3.dir00.appcompat.txt

I'm not sure what caused the error. I have tried everything to get the Internet connection work, but no luck. All application in Windows worked perfect fine except for Internet connection. My computer worked perfect fine yesterday. Today when I came home from work, I received that error. I did not install any software. I scanned for virus few days ago (McAfee AntiVirus program included Spybot, Ad-ware, etc.)

I would appreciate any help. Thanks.
 

Answer:svchost.exe/appcompat.txt problem - please help

Try doing a system restore going back to when it was working OK http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;Q306084
 

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Please help. I have a Dell Computer running Windows XP Home Edition with a Pentium 4 Processor. I have had this computer for 1 year now and only yesterday did I begin to have problems with it. When I opened up a couple of saved files in Microsoft Publisher, I had no problem working on them until I ran a spellcheck OR if I tried to save updates to the files - which would cause the computer to "freeze" because I would see that the CPU usage was at 100% when I did any of these things in MS Publisher and I was NOT running any other programs at the same time. This is my daily routine, as I use Publisher in my daily work and I never had this problem before, then the ERROR MESSAGE would read:

WER18.tmp.dir00\mspub.exe.mdmp
WER18.tmp.dir00\appcompat.txt

I would REBOOT the computer and everything would be fine until I again accessed a Publisher file and tried to edit anything on it which would "hog up" the memory and make it freeze and prompt the error messages again!

I gave up yesterday, but today when I went to work in my Quicken Basic, the same ERROR MESSAGE came up again - with the appcompat.txt information.

This is why I believe this is a Windows XP issue and not related to just one program. Yesterday I also attempted a System Restore to last week and that did not work, I cleaned up all the Temporary Files including Temporary Internet Files & Cookies, and that did not help either. Finally, I ran a virus scan with Norton Antivirus which has the latest v... Read more

Answer:Error Messages - Appcompat.txt

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Hi
I am having a problem with internet explore 6. It keeps freezing and says there has been an error in WER20.temp.dir00/appcompat.txt
I ran Hiajck this and get this log

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 10:06:50 PM, on 15/02/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Autodesk Shared\Service\AdskScSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Digidesign\Drivers\MMERefresh.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Utilities\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Tablet.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Error Nuker\bin\ErrorNuker.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\ctfmon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\wcpsvsu.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\InterVideo\Common\Bin\WinCinemaMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Wtablet\TabUs... Read more

Answer:Internet Explorer error APPCOMPAT.txt

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Okay, I recently developed this problem that upon researching, appears to be quite common lately. I first noticed it when using windows explorer in XP Pro- Explorer would crash (which brings down everything else running at the time too). The info quoted in the "tell Microsoft why its software sucks" popup-window is this appcompat.txt file that is supposedly in (i think) the WER53.tmp.dir00 directory. (Neither of which I can find, although they might be hidden).

It occurs immediately EVERY time i went into the folder that I store videos, causing explorer to close. Now it's happening with Adobe Premiere, not immediately but after starting it, but some time later.

It has only just started in the past couple of days and I did not recently install anything new (neither hardware nor software) and everything worked perfectly before, including Kazaa. Actually, the only thing that's new is that I installed the latest windows update.

I cant find any help from Microsoft's website and from reading various comments on the web, people are attributing it to everything including video cards /drivers, especially ATI's Catalyst/Radeon, motherboard, P2P programs such as Kazaa and spyware, Viruses, etc. Others have suggested turning off error reporting and other Windows processes. Further attempts at solving have included such drastic measures as low-level formatting and reinstallation of XP (neither of which were successful).

I can't seem to find a defini... Read more

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i have tried very hard to fix this problem on on my own.
It seems to happen when i run a program called dvdsanta which i use to convert files to dvd format. This use to work fine, but when i installed sp2 for windows home it always crashes now..

heres a look at the error:

AppName: dvdsanta.exe AppVer: 1.0.0.1 Modname: unknown
ModVer: 0.0.0.0 offset: 0fc7f684

c:docume~1\alex\locals~1\temp\werc41.tmp.dir\appcompat.txt.

Unfortunately this isnt the only program which give me this kind of error with appcompat.txtI even uninstalled sp2 to c if it will help. Didnt work of course.
i have tried everything i can think of. delete temp directory files,temp files,ran spybot,ad-adware 6.0, norton utilities, updated all my drivers,scan for viruses using norton antivirus 2005,ran microsoft antispyware beta program, disabled windows error reporting, defraged my hard drivers,ran windows update, deleted kazza, limeware 4.1 and warez p2p.

have a look at my hijackthis log...


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 7:49:37 PM, on 6/30/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\AOL\ACS\acsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Co... Read more

Answer:appcompat txt error with dvdsanta and explorer.

oh and i have also tried sfc /scannow

didnt do ne good =(
 

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I just got this problem like this week.

HJT:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 11:30:28 PM, on 1/17/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\slserv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgemc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Ray Adams\ATI Tray Tools\atitray.exe
C:\Program Files\Cox\Applications\app\Prism.exe
c:\program files\cox\applications\app\CurtainsSysSvcNt.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Command Software\dvpapi.exe
C:\Program Files\Hijack This\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\yvbcb.dll/sp.html#14044
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\yvbcb.dll/sp.html#14044
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blank
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = res://C:\WINDOWS... Read more

Answer:AIM doesnt work ' appcompat ' error

can anyone please help me?
 

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we use Mozilla Firefox and every 10 or so pages, it crashes, and the error report always comes up with appcompat.txt as a file name for the error

we are running XP Pro SP2 on a Dell Dimension,

the hijack this log is :
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 19:29:43, on 25/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgchsvx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgrsx.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgnsx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\smax4pnp.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.aol.co.uk/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://www.mytalktalk... Read more

Answer:mozilla crashing intermittently and appcompat.txt errors

is this in the right forum, or should it be in the XP forum ?

cheers
 

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Hi,

We currently have a customer getting a shlwapi.dll failure. I know its not a system failure and i know its not a virus.

The user logs into a domain enviroment and logs onto multiple machines between windows xp and windows 7.
The user only gets this error when he logs onto any xp machine, however other users do not get explorer crash dumps. Ive looked through a lot of forums looking for an answer and tried only a few, due to me not being on site. Its got to be profile related to that user. GPOs are applying correctly. application crash dump in event logs are showing. I have deletet the below file location, but as i expected it will recreate itself on logon

C:\DOCUME~1\user\LOCALS~1\Temp\{id}_appcompat.txt error, application crash event id 1000

any ideas would be awesome
 

Answer:Solved: appcompat.txt crashing explorer in a Domain environment.

Hi,

I have resolved the problem, i had to disable offline files (which souldnt be applied any way) that seems to have stopped the crash dump on xp. Does any one know why offline files would corrupt exporer.exe. i think its files conflicting with the offline cash, but thats just a stab in the dark. Anything would be awesome.
 

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Hey im having trouble recently with this file,,if im internet explorer windows explorer it gives me a error report and that files included in all of em.
 

Answer:C:\DOCUME~1\Trevor\LOCALS~1\Temp\WER1A5.tmp.dir00\ appcompat.txt

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Hello...for the past week or so I have been getting frequent browser crashes/error messages. It's happened most on IE, but has happened on Firefox & Netscape as well. The timing seems random - it could be immediately upon browsing or it could be after 10 hours. The error messages are always slightly different, but they always seems to point to a file similar to: C:\DOCUME~1\DCL\LOCALS~1\Temp\c5f5_appcompat.txt. I am pasting a few of the recent details from error messages:

* szAppName : iexplore.exe szAppVer : 6.0.2900.2180 szModName : hungapp
szModVer : 0.0.0.0 offset : 00000000

* AppName: iexplore.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.2180 ModName: flash9d.ocx
ModVer: 9.0.47.0 Offset: 00099a25

* AppName: iexplore.exe AppVer: 6.0.2900.2180 ModName: urlmon.dll
ModVer: 6.0.2900.3231 Offset: 0003b5ce

AppName: netscp.exe AppVer: 7.2.0.0 ModName: xpcom.dll
ModVer: 1.7.20040.14879 Offset: 00007e09

Additionally, I am pasting a current HiJack This log below. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:03:22 AM, on 12/21/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:... Read more

Answer:Constant Browser Crashes & appcompat.txt Error Mesgs (Hijack This Log included)

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?
 
I'm trying to find all the updates so I can remove them, I've come across a few lists but I have no idea how detailed or up to date they are.
 
If someone could link me to somewhere that lists them all I'd be very grateful.
 
Thanks!

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:
 
Not sure about the telemetry stuff (most of which is overblown tinfoil-hat FUD), but the free Win10 offer ended ~2 months ago, so there's nothing to fear about that any longer.
 
There is an optional MS update to remove the GWX software from Windows 7:
 
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184143
 
Cheers,
 
MM

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Another article on telemetry. Interested to read the opinion of the more experienced forum members and the opinion of the three tools mentioned. (Spybot Antibeacon, O&O Shutup, Wireshark) Credible idea or too much tin foil ?






If you ask me whether I'm worried about using Windows 10, my answer would be "no." I have dozens of Windows 10 installations here and I'm not in the least bit worried.

But despite such reassurances, there are a lot of people who are concerned by this, and the fact that Microsoft isn't willing to give concerned users an official way to opt out from data collection (which I think is a bad idea) is adding fuel to the flames. After all, as Bisson pointed out, we live in "justifiably paranoid times," where governments and social media sites are slurping up user data.

What's wrong with a little protection?

If you are worried about Windows 10 privacy, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands and install a tool that allows you to shut down all the different ways that your PC is communicating with Microsoft. Be aware though that doing this will result in some features no longer being available, since a number of Windows 10 features rely on having a connection to the cloud.
Be careful though. I've come across a number of "Windows 10 privacy tools" from unknown sources that do who knows what. Some tools actively display ads, and one even installs a third-party tool that displays ads ... Read more

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

Windows 10 and telemetry: Time for a simple network analysis - Windows 10 Forums

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Question: Win10 Telemetry

Good article from ZDNet.





I want to make it clear that I'm in no way suggesting that Microsoft is doing anything nefarious with telemetry data. The crackpot theories that it's a data backdoor and Microsoft is handing that data to the NSA/FBI/saucer people are just that -- crackpot theories. But Microsoft does need to appreciate and accept that not a week goes by where there isn't some data horror story in the headlines, and that makes people understandably nervous

Getting out of this mess is easy. Here are three simple steps for Microsoft:

Wind back the ego a few notches. Just because a system is running Windows 10 shouldn't mean that Microsoft feels it is entitled to end user telemetry. Period. Remember whose computer it is. Never lose sight of that.Build an off switch for the telemetry. This shouldn't be hard to do. Put the decision as to whether telemetry data is sent back to the Microsoft mothership in the hands of the user.Quit it with the heavy-handedness. What is it with all the "mandatory" stuff in Windows 10? Sheesh



http://www.zdnet.com/article/microso...on-off-switch/

Answer:Win10 Telemetry

Good article until the spybot antibeacon promotion - the same piece of crap as all the others.

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Hi, Does anyone have a comprehensive list of all the telemetry & gwx updates for Windows 7?

Answer:Telemetry & GWX Updates

Hi:

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Another article on telemetry. Interested to read the opinion of the more experienced forum members and the opinion of the three tools mentioned. (Spybot Antibeacon, O&O Shutup, Wireshark) Credible idea or too much tin foil ?






If you ask me whether I'm worried about using Windows 10, my answer would be "no." I have dozens of Windows 10 installations here and I'm not in the least bit worried.

But despite such reassurances, there are a lot of people who are concerned by this, and the fact that Microsoft isn't willing to give concerned users an official way to opt out from data collection (which I think is a bad idea) is adding fuel to the flames. After all, as Bisson pointed out, we live in "justifiably paranoid times," where governments and social media sites are slurping up user data.

What's wrong with a little protection?

If you are worried about Windows 10 privacy, I suggest that you take matters into your own hands and install a tool that allows you to shut down all the different ways that your PC is communicating with Microsoft. Be aware though that doing this will result in some features no longer being available, since a number of Windows 10 features rely on having a connection to the cloud.
Be careful though. I've come across a number of "Windows 10 privacy tools" from unknown sources that do who knows what. Some tools actively display ads, and one even installs a third-party tool that displays ads ... Read more

Answer:Win 10 Telemetry Article

Windows 10 and telemetry: Time for a simple network analysis - Windows 10 Forums

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I have read the notes on how to disable the option of sending telemetry data to MS. Is there however a way for me to access that information? There is a plethora of information gathered as part of this process that would be good for my own analysis. Is this
data available through the ATA interface, an API or direct access to the DB?
Thank you

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Microsoft is taking action. It has decided to release updates “later this year” which will enable users to fully control all background telemetry and data tracking and, if desired, disable it completely. Microsoft also asked me to stress that disabling these background operations is something it would “strongly recommend against”.Click to expand...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonk...mpaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix#1312b6a39743
 

Answer:MicrosoftÂ’s telemetry U-turn?

I'll believe it when I see it
 

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Is there something that I can install on Win10 to see if it is still 'phoning home'? I have done various tweaks to limit/stop the spying but I would like to know if I have stopped it all.
 

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"win10 is a masterpiece of data collection" (telemetry). could be argued as spying

SpyBot Anti Beacon is a utility that can reliably turn off Win10's unwelcome behaviour.

its a freebie and the main program window has four tabs for four different functions or info screens. best to have all the entries to be green, that is all the spying turned off. clicking the Immunize button at the bottom of the page, is the way to go. then tab two, etc. also available as a portable version
https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/
 

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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I've got Win10 Pro so I used GPEdit to disable her in the policies, but Cortana is still in the background processes.
When I had Wiin10 HOme, I would physically rename the SearchUI folder in the WIndows dir. But that had its drawbacks.
Now I have Win10 Pro Creators.

Is there a 3rd party app that totally shuts Cortana down and limits telemetry? Wahts the best way of terminating Cortana these days?
(I know with major updates she comes back.. : ( )

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https://arstechnica.com/information...metry-tells-us-most-of-what-data-it-collects/

Interesting article. I wonder if its because of all the backlash against Windows 10.
 

Answer:Microsoft being more transparent with telemetry data use.

This won't win over the hardcore Windows 10 haters though (and you know who you are LOL). Those people want every scrap of telemetry data to be revealed. We all know what the chances of that are. Some will see this as a start. Notice I didn't say "good" start.

None of this news bugs me, I'm on Win 10 on all my desktops/laptops.
 

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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I am still unable to upgrade to Windows 10. Running Windows 8.1 64-bit on an HP Pavilion 15 laptop. I ran DISM and ended up with the following message:
 
AutoAnalysis::
FIXED: Performed DISM repair on file Amd64\CNBJ2530.DPB of version 6.3.9600.17415.
CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-u..ed-telemetry-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17842_none_90da81a4dac50d54\utc.app.json
CORRUPT: C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-u..ed-telemetry-client_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17842_none_90da81a4dac50d54\telemetry.ASM-WindowsDefault.json
 
Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

Answer:Anyone know how to repair telemetry code errors?

If you want, I have the fix for it. However it doesn't help upgrading to Windows 10 at all from what I've seen so far. Doesn't hurt to try if you want.

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Greetings pacoagc and to BleepingComputer's Virus/Trojan/Spyware/Malware Removal forum.My name is Oh My! and I am here to help you! Now that we are "friends" please call me Gary.If you would allow me to call you by your first name I would prefer to do that. ===================================================Ground Rules:First, I would like to inform you that most of us here at Bleeping Computer offer our expert assistance out of the goodness of our hearts. Please try to match our commitment to you with your patience toward us. If this was easy we would never have met. Please do not run any tools or take any steps other than those I will provide for you while we work on your computer together. I need to be certain about the state of your computer in order to provide appropriate and effective steps for you to take. Most often "well intentioned" (and usually panic driven!) independent efforts can make things much worse for both of us. If at any point you would prefer to take your own steps please let me know, I will not be offended. I would be happy to focus on the many others who are waiting in line for assistance.Please perform all steps in the order they are listed in each set of instructions. Some steps may be a bit complicated. If things are not clear, be sure to stop and let me know. We need to work on this together with confidence.Please copy and paste all logs into your post unless directed otherwise. Please do not re-run any programs I suggest. If you encounter proble... Read more

Answer:Help hardrive no more space file Telemetry

Thank you in advance Gary, i did all you told me, if i made a mistake, please tell me, and i will still use utorrent, i havent had any problem with it, until now
Fixlog
Fix result of Farbar Recovery Tool (FRST written by Farbar) (x64) Version: 13-04-2015
Ran by FranciscoAdrian at 2015-04-14 01:19:22 Run:1
Running from C:\Users\FranciscoAdrian\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: FranciscoAdrian (Available profiles: FranciscoAdrian & Invitado)
Boot Mode: Normal
==============================================
 
Content of fixlist:
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HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {1e1ff773-523a-11e4-bf19-e89a8f1822eb} - "F:\LaunchU3.exe" -a
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {b9e73054-0bfb-11e3-bebb-e89a8f1822eb} - "E:\setup.exe" 
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {d7197630-b3f9-11e4-bf3c-e89a8f1822eb} - "F:\InstalarOffice.bat" 
HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\...\MountPoints2: {dc08c7dc-815b-11e3-bedc-e89a8f1822eb} - "E:\setup.exe" 
BHO: Hotspot Shield Class -> {F9E4A054-E9B1-4BC3-83A3-76A1AE736170} ->  No File
S3 cpuz136; \??\C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\cpuz136\cpuz136_x64.sys [X]
S3 EagleX64; \??\C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\EagleX64.sys [X]
S3 GPUZ; \??\C:\WINDOWS\TEMP\GPUZ.sys [X]
S3 NPF; system32\drivers\NPF.sys [X]
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Microsoft collects Windows diagnostic data to keep Windows up-to-date, secure, and operating properly. It also helps us improve Windows and, for users who have turned on ?tailored experiences?, can be used to provide relevant tips and recommendations to tailor Microsoft products to the user?s needs. This article describes all types diagnostic data collected by Windows at the Full telemetry level (inclusive of data collected at Basic), with comprehensive examples of data we collect per each type. For additional, detailed technical descriptions of Basic data items, see Windows 10, version 1703 Basic level diagnostic events and fields.

The data covered in this article is grouped into the following categories:
Common Data (diagnostic header information)
Device, Connectivity, and Configuration data
Product and Service Usage data
Product and Service Performance data
Software Setup and Inventory data
Content Consumption data
Browsing, Search and Query data
Inking, Typing, and Speech Utterance data
Licensing and Purchase data
Click to expand...

More details on the link.
 

Answer:Creators Update Telemetry List

No content-based targeting. We take steps to avoid and minimize the collection of customer content, such as the content of files, chats, or emails, through the Windows telemetry system. Customer content inadvertently collected is kept confidential and not used for user targeting.Click to expand...

... reassuring for sure ...

To completely disable Windows Telemetry:
Manage Windows 10 Telemetry and Data Collection settings

The above article has a link at the bottom where you can customize individual settings if you do not want to disable it entirely:
Manage connections from Windows operating system components to Microsoft services (Windows 10)
 

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As per Gordon Kelly,Microsoft has decided to allow users to completely disable telemetry in a future update (later this year) as I see it,this is pretty big news! will Microsoft stick to their word? time will tell... http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonke.../#16deb9603974

Answer:Microsoft will allow users to disable telemetry

Sounded good until I read this:






Other important takeaways from Microsoft?s telemetry U-turn? While it may change in future, for now full control over telemetry is currently only being brought to Windows 10 Enterprise. This means users of Windows 10 Home and Pro, typically consumers and small businesses respectively, will still need to cede control.

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I guess this is not a new question and apologise in advance if I am repeating it but I failed to unearth anything helpful through Search:
I upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 one month ago. Reliability Monitor, which I run every day, has advised me three times since May 22nd that Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry stopped working. The application name is CompatTelRunner.exe at C:\Windows\System32.
1. What causes it to execute and how often might that be - are the three times so far likely to be its total attempts?
2. Other than suffering its periodic appearance (I am comforted by a straight line 10 in Reliability Monitor), I wonder if there is a simple solution to this matter?

Answer:Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry AppCrash

Hi Bob,
I have the same problem. CompatTelRunner.exe crashes everyday the tablet is on. The last time it happened was a few minutes ago. Problem reporting always says "No new solutions found. When solutions are available, they will appear in Security and Maintenance."
I have reinstalled Windows from scratch several weeks ago, but it did not make a difference.

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Is there a registry setting that would disable telemetry to Microsoft - - without creating "Some settings are managed by your organization" problem?

Answer:Registry setting to disable telemetry

It might be easier and safer if you used one of the miriad of programs that are available for free. You could try this one and see what you think.

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For Win 10 Pro and Home installations on a home LAN with Comcast cable ISP service, and a laptop running Win 10 Pro which travels around in the US and overseas, what tools provide comprehensive coverage to shut down Microsoft telemetry, ideally with minimal resource impact and duplication?

Thanks.

x509

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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I have read that office also does telemetry collection.

This can be seen, for example, here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...ffice.16).aspx

I have tried to search this and find how to completely disable office telemetry without uninstalling it. Unfortunately all I can find is how to prevent telemetry from windows update.

Can someone help-me on this?

Answer:How to disable office 2016 telemetry or how to check it.

A quick search of the linked documents shows the configuration options - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...6%29#configure

In the group policy bit it looks pretty straight forward to turn telemetry collection off.

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I have been reading reams of info on the recent moves by Microsoft to force/fool/trick users into moving to Windows 10 (the GWX debacle) and the mysterious nature of many recent Windows updates - that in reality are merely setups (and data gathering) updates designed to compromise a clean tidy Windows 7 Home or Pro install.

I have tried to keep up on the latest info to combat the issue (Hiding Windows updates, killing telemetry tracking, removing GWX stuff etc) but it seems like a losing battle as it seems every month MS ramps up more crap by changing optional updates to Recommended and finding new way to force a Win 10 setup into our lives.

One idea that I am kicking around is testing my MSDN clout and trying Win 7 Enterprise on my desktop. Is this version of Windows immune to all the above crap and can I run my machine the way I want it so I am not running rampant each month trying to kill off processes and updates I do not want.

And don't get me wrong - I have Win 10 on one machine for now and the verdict is still out whether to keep it or not - but I do not want anything to do with Win 10 on our other 4 machines at this time.

Thoughts?

Sonic.

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I'm going to have to do a couple of fresh Win 7 installs. Is there a checked and validated guide on bringing a fresh Win 7 SP1 install up to date while avoiding all the telemetry, Win 10 upgrade prompts and any other crap Microsoft kept shoving down on Win 7 users?

I know there are integrated 3rd party ISOs out there but I'm a bit wary of such builds as one can never really know if there is something malicious inserted, so a guide using official sources would be preferred, but as a last resort a popular and checked by many all-in-one solution could be an option.
 

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   Hello, I went for about 8 months without updating windows once... Yes I know I'm a dummy... and I noticed that my drivers needed updates desperately and I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet by downloading and installing all of the important updates at once. I created a restore point and did it. Now I have  GWXUX and GWX in my task manager. I used Task scheduler and disabled the two tasks associated with GWX. I also stopped a service from running that is called trkwrks or wrktrks or something that was telemetry related. I was just wondering if you had any advice for me in helping to secure my data from watchful eyes. Maybe a trusted tutorial that you know of that you could point me in the direction to. Thanks for your time 

Answer:GWXUX and other post update telemetry stuff?

How did you notice that your drivers needed updates desperately? Drivers do not need to be updated at all as long as everything is working ok with the current drivers. Updating a driver can actually introduce problems, so, only update drivers to fix or improve an issue.
 
GWX Control Panel will help, and you can find lists of "bad" windows updates that you can uninstall and then hide.

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I'be been having a problem with very high disk usage on my HP Envy. It usually shows up at startup and stays like that for 15 min at 100% which makes startup very slow. I've tried removing startup programs but the problem seems to be unrelated to which programs are running at startup. The bigger problem is random high disk usage throughout the day after startup. It usually is caused by the Windows Compatibility Telemetry process. I've tried all the different ways of removing this feature from windows but it keeps coming back. I'm uploading screenshots of my disk performance with telemetry on and after ending the process. I'm posting on this forum because this problem seems to related to this Laptop alone. None of the other non-hp computers at my work are experiencing these problems with Windows 10.     

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AVG Firewall on my AVG Internet Security in interactive mode keeps asking me if I want to allow or deny something called "microsoft compatibility telemetry". I have no clue what this is. DuckDuckGo nor does Google know what this is. All that came up was various posts with that name, but nothing explaining what it was, is it safe, or if it is a spoof of some kind. What is this so called microsoft compatibility telemetry and is it safe to allow it access to the internet?

Answer:"microsoft compatibility telemetry" popping up in AVG Firewall every few hrs

Worth a read:
 
https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3ss1my/microsoft_compatibility_telemetry_what_is_it_and/  AND  http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1261368-microsoft-compatibility-telemetry-service/ .
 
I concur with the suggestions to leave it alone.  Seems odd that a user would want to employ an O/S devised by Microsoft...but not allow such to collect/report data back to MS....but users/members/people have some very strange ideas today.
 
The folks in BC's Firewall forum may be able to tell you why AVG alerts on it, topic moved to Firewalls.
 
Louis

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For Win 10 Pro and Home installations on a home LAN with Comcast cable ISP service, and a laptop running Win 10 Pro which travels around in the US and overseas, what tools provide comprehensive coverage to shut down Microsoft telemetry, ideally with minimal resource impact and duplication?

Thanks.

x509

Answer:what are the best tools today to totally shut down Win 10 telemetry?

Hello, you can try Spybot Antibeacon, but note that in changing these settings you must take special care to try to avoid symptoms like:
- Cortana not working
- Search in Settings not working
- Some settings are managed by your organisation appearing in Settings, perhaps in Windows Update or Privacy, General.

Like O&O Shutup, it includes a helpful button to reset to default- helps when some of the symptoms above are manifest.

Note that it seems to reapply settings after some time- I had to uncheck some I didn't want.

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