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Is these January updates safe and withou telemetry or W10 upgrade?

Question: Is these January updates safe and withou telemetry or W10 upgrade?

Hello,

before week Microsoft released these January updates:
KB3108664
KB3109560
KB3110329
KB3121212
KB3121918
KB3123479
KB3124000
KB3124001

And my question is. Are these updates safe and clean without any Microsoft telemetry or Enforcement upgrade W10? Thank you in advance.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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For those who don't mind sending telemetry to MS, skip this post. For all others...

I happened to be in Task Scheduler for something completely unrelated, and noticed MS had setup tasks to send telemetry about my computer to MS, even though I had opted out of doing so when I installed W7. These tasks were located in the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" folder under Microsoft/Windows branch in the Task Scheduler Library tree. Digging into this, it turns out a KB update issued 4th quarter 2015 ignores your privacy settings and sets up tasks to send telemetry anyway. (See Forbes article link below.)

Forbes Welcome

To check this on my machines, I went to the original setting for CEIP and saw it was indeed set to NOT participate... you can see by going to Control Panel -> Action Center -> click hyperlink at left to "Change Action Center settings", then in the new window, look at the bottom for the hyperlink that says "Customer Experience Improvement Program setting" ... and see if it is set to NOT participate (as mine was).

Now go into Task Scheduler and into the folder of the same name under MS/Windows... and see if there aren't 2 or 3 enabled tasks... in the description in the lower part of the window, you will see the tasks are for CEIP and involve sending telemetry.

After disabling those tasks, I also found three other folders setup to send telemetry, apparently (as per the article above and others sources I read) from other KB... Read more

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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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Any issues so far? I'm afraid to run it after the issues the last few months.
 

Answer:So, is the January 2015 Windows Update safe?

I'm not installing it until the 2 week mark to play it safe
 

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The article is here: Who's still using Internet Explorer? And why won't they upgrade? | ZDNet

My son-in-law has a Vista machine. Am I correct in thinking Vista cannot upgrade to IE 11?

If so, I guess I'm going to need to upgrade his system when we go there for Christmas.

Answer:Security Updates for IE 10 and Earlier to End in January

Originally Posted by Wynona


My son-in-law has a Vista machine. Am I correct in thinking Vista cannot upgrade to IE 11?



Yeah, Internet Explorer 9 was the last version available for Vista.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...ernet-Explorer
Support is 5 years mainstream and 5 years extended. Mainstream support for Vista ended in 2012, however Windows Vista SP2 with Internet Explorer 9 will be on extended support until 11 April 2017, meaning it will still get security fixes until then. But that's only a year and 4 months away anyway.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search?sort=PN&alpha=Windows%20Vista&Filter=FilterNO

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This is the blue screen we are getting. It shows that the tmcomm.sys driver (Trend Micro Officescan) is in error but I suspect a a faulty driver. I cannot find which one. It occurs on Dell machines. The other brands aren't concerned by this.

I looked at the dump file and two more system files are wrong:

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I didn't get any January updates. I have intel and don't use a 3rd party av. I see that registry entry has been added. But how come I have received no updates at all for january? I feel something is wrong.

I did receive an update for my bios, and did receive adobe flash update. But no MS updates at all.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Rich.

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The article is here: Who's still using Internet Explorer? And why won't they upgrade? | ZDNet

My son-in-law has a Vista machine. Am I correct in thinking Vista cannot upgrade to IE 11?

If so, I guess I'm going to need to upgrade his system when we go there for Christmas.

Answer:Security Updates for IE 10 and Earlier to End in January

Wynona said:

My son-in-law has a Vista machine. Am I correct in thinking Vista cannot upgrade to IE 11?



Yeah, Internet Explorer 9 was the last version available for Vista.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...ernet-Explorer
Support is 5 years mainstream and 5 years extended. Mainstream support for Vista ended in 2012, however Windows Vista SP2 with Internet Explorer 9 will be on extended support until 11 April 2017, meaning it will still get security fixes until then. But that's only a year and 4 months away anyway.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search?sort=PN&alpha=Windows%20Vista&Filter=FilterNO

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I didn't get any January updates. I have intel and don't use a 3rd party av. I see that registry entry has been added. But how come I have received no updates at all for january? I feel something is wrong.

I did receive an update for my bios, and did receive adobe flash update. But no MS updates at all.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Rich.

Answer:Not receiving January 2018 updates.

Hi, please post a screenshot of your Update History.

If you wish to attempt a particular update manually, each update has a thread in the News section, including a manual download link.

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Answer:January Microsoft securirty updates now available

Apparently another three or four have been held back for further investigation.

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Can somebody please post a list of Windows Vista Updates (full KB number format) for the month of January 2017, if there are any? My 4 Windows Vista laptops have been on continuously, "Checking for Updates" since January 10th, 2017 and still nothing. It's already January 16th today. I thought I would just install them manually if there are any updates. Many thanks in advance for your help.

Answer:Windows Vista Updates for January 2017

Hi DCom73:
 
If you were fully patched as of December 2016, the only Important/Recommended updates released for Vista SP2 for the January 2017 Patch Tuesday updates on 10-Jan-2017 were KB3216775 (MS17-004: Security Update for Local Security Authority Subsystem Service: January 10, 2017) and the latest version of KB890830 for the January 2017 Malicious Software Removal Tool.  The Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for January 2017 shows that there were only four security updates released in January 2017 for all supported versions of Windows.
 
Please see post # 326 in KellyB56's thread Windows Vista Update Hangs at "Checking For Updates" for further details.  If Windows Updates are running for several hours (or even days) on your Vista SP2 machines there is a possible workaround posted on page 1 of m#l's thread Updates not working, it has been searching for updates for hours in the MS Answers forum that could help speed up your Windows Updates.
------------32-bit Vista Home Premium SP2 * Firefox v50.1.0 * NIS v22.8.1.14 * MBAM Premium v2.2.1

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Inaccessible Boot Drive after Update? Solved - Page 4 - Windows 10 Forums

Mine Started there in that forum - and I was not Original OP so I agree - should have created a new thread as I was working through it..

Systems I encountered error on
Dell T5500 precision workstation
dual Xeon CPU ~2010 original purchase
these have been upgraded only with better video AMD W5000 (not much better though)
as well as SSD 250g SATA (Samsung EVO 840 (i think red one might be 830) in primary boot and 140g 10k SATA WD Raptor on Secondary... really not needed but figured just to show what is in them.

AV - vipre endpoint security - verified compatible with MS updates and correct reg flag was in place before any of these issue.
only thing I did notice was the agent version was on 10.0.6290 and now all other working systems are on 10.0.7233
Coincidence?? hummmm
system only reboots on Wednesdays/Thursdays unless acting up then manually reboot - but generally rarely needs a reboot. (this is my workstation for the office so its always on and locked and ready for me to do anything remotely.

last week noticed it wasn't coming back online in am hours like it should have been...
all after release of intel patches from MS... and being windows 10... wonderful - can't exactly stop the updates.

so it had to be an update from 10th > 18th I figured - as those would have been the ranges it would have rebooted on...
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Hello. I need help with these security updates for the Microsoft Office products released on 19 January 2018:
"CVE-2018-0845" - portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-0845
"CVE-2018-0848" - portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-0848
"CVE-2018-0849" - portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-0849
"CVE-2018-0862" - portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2018-0862

i) Besides exploitability, what is the difference of these CVEs from "CVE-2018-0802"  is, as same content and affected product list?

ii) After reviewing the corresponding Microsoft Update Catalog records, the "Last Updated" date of  all mentioned KB articles as listed below are still 4/1/2018, please clarify in details what the updates and/or changes is:

iii)  If I downloaded the corresponding security updates on 11 January 2018, do I need to download and apply them again?

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For those of you who are still using Windows XP 32-bit, the final unofficial SP4 upgrade for it has been released.
It's 992 MB in size and contains the updates and hotfixes that have been released since the April 2014 "end of support" date.
You can read about and obtain it from here:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_xp_service_pack_4_unofficial.html
http://news.softpedia.com/news/wind...-pack-4-gets-significant-updates-500120.shtml

Probably the best use for this upgrade is right after a clean install of Windows XP 32-bit has been done and before the computer has been cluttered with programs, add-ons, plug-ins, etc..

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bought new pc without operating system. intended to put "pirate" copy professional xp on , which i did. THEN went to start doing up dates but windows update service pack1 ( which i needed to install to get my sound card to operate) recognises that this is not a legit copy of windows xp professional.

how can i get round this? - get sp1 installed & get sound card working then continue with subsequent up grades
 

Answer:new pc withou operating system

You not supposed to post about illegal stuff on this site, so im not going to answer that.
 

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Hello,

I would like to delete filling in some grey fields but it is impossible (see attached image). Any idea why ?

Regards,
 

Answer:Solved: Field withou filling

Conditional formatting?
 

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Internet Explorer is currently running without add-ons

Answer:Internet Explorer is currently running withou

That's cool, so what is your question?Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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I have laptop with Vista home 64 bit and one with Vista Ultimate 32 bit. I have two user accounts on each computer 1 Admin on each computer and 1 User account on each computer. I use the User account to play games on both computer. I have this game that ask for Admin password when I play the game and others play that game too.I don't want to give my password out to everyone who plays the game and I don't want to make them Admin because some of who plays the game are kids. Is there anyway I can use runas or something with putting the password In each time they play the game?
 

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OK I did the clean install...it was great-then the computer went wacky and monitor blew! Went to computer store computer worked fine with monitor so I bought one. But I had thought I had re-infected my computer because I reloaded some data. We scanned with Malwarebytes at the computer store it came up clean. Now I have more data I want to put back on my computer...I GOT DATA OFF ONTO DVDS WHILE INFECTED so question is how do I reload that data back in and how can I be sure that it is clean from the root kit infection "XP Total Security" malware?

Answer:how to reload data withou re-infection

Hello.Stay away from the following file types. .exe .scr .htm .html .xml .zip .rarHope that helps~Blade

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i want to format my HP pc it has vista it didnt com with a dics do i have to buy one or can i do it without

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Does your hp have a recovery/restore partition? If so you would hit a key upon bootup and would be presented with the option to restore the laptop back to factory defaults.Otherwise you would need a disk and the driver cd for the laptop.This is if you wish after formatting to reload the OS. You could just use KillDisk and wipe the drive.Answers are only as good as the information you provide.How to properly post a question: http://tinyurl.com/2fsqqmu

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,warning at boot,battery charging terminately disabled ,restart laptop,reset adapter,f1 to continue.f2 bios
dell all test passed . what can i do now..98% charge available.2 day ago i used stop charge at 98 %.now i changed this setting from bios.but laptop not working without ac adapter 

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hey guys,
so i just got my new monitor today and i got a new keyboard and mouse a few days ago to complete my pseudo desktop setup as ill be using my laptop in place of a tower. so i set the monitor up using an hdmi to connect to my laptop and everything looks nice. but for some reason now, Microsoft media player would randomly pop up without prompt periodically. does anyone know whats the problem here? i though it may have been something to do with connecting the hdmi (causing some kind of auto prompt), but ive connected my laptop to my hdtv before and this has never happened. ive also undefaulted all programs that were defaulted to wmp, its still popping up randomly. i have an lenovo u330 on windows vista home premium sp2.
any help is very appreciated, thanks
Xin

Answer:windows media player keeps popping up withou prompt

Hello zinny103090,
Try this,

1. Press start,
2. In search bar write, "msconfig" (no quote mark's), press enter,
3. Goto services and look for Windows Media entry's, uncheck one box at a time and press apply, then reboot, keep going until you find the culprit.

Good luck and post your results.

PS.
You may want to try and clean the registry as well. Link below.

Backup your registry when prompted.

CCleaner - Home

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Hi,My computer updated to windows 10 and the system is faulty. I would like to go back to the initial windows 8 but none of the recovery options are working.I.e. windows recovery from before start up . or the programme on the computer e recovery I think it's called.How do I reinstall windows 8 manyally after having updated to windows 10?

Answer:Acer aspire E1 570 reload initial windows 8 withou...

Acer recovery mediaUS:http://us-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/Canada:http://caen-store.acer.com/erecovery/rcd/if you are outside the US and Canada, you must call/email your regional Acer support service:http://www.acer.com/worldwide/support/ or download windows 8.1 from Microsoft and then download software/drivers from Acer support website:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/support-product/4910?b=1

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DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSAMD64
Internet Explorer: 8.0.7601.17514
Run by Conley at 18:06:49 on 2011-09-23
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.8174.6308 [GMT -5:00]
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AV: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {86355677-4064-3EA7-ABB3-1B136EB04637}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {3D54B793-665E-3129-9103-206115370C8A}
FW: McAfee Firewall *Enabled* {BE0ED752-0A0B-3FFF-80EC-B2269063014C}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exe
C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\WLANExt.exe
C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\Explorer.EXE
C:\Windows\System32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
C:\Program File... Read more

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Hi conleyj, and welcome to Bleeping Computer.Firstly,Please launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, click the Update tab, and then Check for Updates. Then choose the Scanner tab and select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply.Secondly,Download OTL.exe by OldTimer to your Desktop.Close all windows and double click OTL.exe.In the "Custom Scans/Fixes" window (under the light green bar) paste the following in bold:

netsvcs
drivers32
%SYSTEMDRIVE%\*.*
%systemroot%\*. /mp /s
CREATERESTOREPOINT
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update\Results\Install|LastSuccessTime /rs

Click Run Scan and let the program run uninterrupted.When the scan completes, it will open two Notepad windows. OTL.Txt and Extras.Txt. These are saved in the same location as OTL. Post both logs in this thread.You may need to use two posts to get it all.

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Hello,just a little question.I discovered, connecting my UHD TV to the HDMI of my laptop, I got 4k resolution on TV and on the laptop screen!That's great!But, whtn I disconnect the HDMI; I cannot select 4K resolution of the screen, but only  FHD.Why?How can I get 4K resolution on my screen laptop without connect UHD-TV? It support the 4K resolution. I saw it !thanks.

Answer:4K resolution on a screen laptop withou HDMI connected

matematiko wrote:.... But, whtn I disconnect the HDMI; I cannot select 4K resolution of the screen, but only  FHD.Why? ..Hi, The 4K resolution is for the TV, not your laptop because your laptop only supports 1920 x 1080      http://support.hp.com/ca-en/document/c05193635     39.6 cm (15.6") diagonal FHD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080) Regards.

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How to configure windows media player 12 automatic sync from a specific location without create a playlist?

Is not very convenience in my opinion that windows media player 12 require that you manually create playlist and then be able to automatically sync after you add more musics or videos files to your previous created playlist if you want those new music / videos file to be sync to your external device, if there a way to configure windows media player 12 to automatically sync a specific location? Let's say I created a new folder named music and after each time I added more music files to this folder and open windows media player 12 it automatically sync those new music file?

Regard,
Thanks.

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I got windows 7 professional 64 bit from microsoft. I have a w500 running vista business 32bit on 4gb ram. If i upgrade to windows 7 64bit - will all my drivers get installed through system update and work perfectly yet? or should I wait a couple months and then upgrade? More importantly, I have no clue what the best practice to upgrade from 32vista to 7-64bit is. My disk 0 (info from computer disk  management) w500 has three partitions (c drive, lenovo q drive - for factory software partition, and a 1.46gb servicev003 S: ) and a disk 1 with 1.37GB (maybe the intel turbo boost memory? ). How do I do a clean install without losing these drives? Don't mind losing the c drive data as that is backed up, but the rest?! I found lots of hits and lots of responses on the forums and throughout the internet, and have spent more than 5 hours looking around for instructions. I'd greatly appreciate if anyone could give me some instructions to walk through this please?













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Answer:W500 Help! Safe to upgrade? How? Vista 32bit upgrade to windows7 64bit. Please!

anybody have any advice or helpful links that don't span tens of pages? There has to be a one page updated, modified/edited link that has a useful set of precautions and advice/guidance?

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Question: New Updates, safe?

Security Patch for Outlook Express KB823353BITS & WINHTTP 2.0, KB842773Security Update KB840315 & KB841873 & KB839645

Answer:New Updates, safe?

All ok here.

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I installed Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit) recently and its been awesome. One thing I've wondered though is if the updates are trustworthy? I've left automatic updates off so far because of what I've heard. One friend of mine had one of the updates installed on his computer, and his internet stopped working so he did a system restore and was fine. Another friend had a problem too, but I forget what it was. I've also heard from a few other people online with having the updates screw something up on their computer. So is it really worth it to install the updates? Has anyone else had problems with them? Thanks!

Answer:Safe To Download Updates?

Wish I knew an answer for ya, but I know mine does not even install the updates properly....or should I say at all.

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Hello,

I was wondering if Automatic updates from MS Windows are truly safe. Here are the new ones I'm receiving:

Update for Windows XP (KB929338)
Windows for Genuine Advantage Notification (KB905474)
Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - March 2007 (KB890830)

Thanks!
 

Answer:Are Windows Updates Truly Safe?

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Hello;I have got problems with the speed in my computer. I have done everything suggested on this site for others regarding the matter but still the speed hasn?t been recovered!My last option is to uninstall and re-install my AV (ZAISS) However as I purchased Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite in March 06,I am worried when I re-install it back the computer won?t be safe while I am getting the latest update online.Your suggestion or comments will be most appreciated.Sabi

Answer:Is it safe to get new updates when 8 months AV has

Hi there you will be fine.Are you sure its your av causing your pc to run slow?I know nortons is quite resource hungry.If it is your av causing it to run slow,dont think re-installing will help.When its time to renew zone alarm,why not go for one of the many free av,s,firewall,s and spyware available.

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Hi, I have re-installed Windows XP and have installed the SP1 update. Is it ok to download all of the other updates that are listed after SP1?

Answer:Is it safe to load ALL XP updates?

dunno yeti am getting some funny code after loading the latest updates watch this space click here

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I can't install Win Updates. I tried getting into Safe Mode. I got the Menu, and selected Safe Mode with Networking, but I just get a blank screen. I have ERUNT, and went back 3 months, but that didn't help. Now, I have more updates that won't install.

I ran Malwarebytes and Superantivirus, and it didn't help.Please help.
Per prep instructions, I ran DDS and Defogger, and made sure Win Firewall is up.

Answer:Can't get Win updates or get into Safe Mode

No need for follow-up or help with this issue. It's not a malware problem. I had corrupt and missing files causing my problem. I worked with the Microsoft support team, and they helped me find the problem. Unfortunately, we couldn't get all the missing files. So, they are going to help me upgrade to Win 7.

I must say that they are rapidly changing the image of Microsoft from being an unresponsive software company to a customer focused company. I have never gotten such great service from any vendor, and at no cost to me. These guys went the extra mile for me. They were very responsive and skillful. And they are a Microsoft overseas outsource team. Forget what you heard about outsourced teams. They speak better English than some of us in the USA...very skillful and a job well done. :-)

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I've been reading many people are having issues so I waited a long time as you can see for updating.

I want to update now if its all clear,

let me know if there is any update listed below I should not install or be weary about:

Answer:So about the win updates from the 9th, safe to install?

Shouldn't be a problem.

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I can't install Win Updates. I tried getting into Safe Mode. I got the Menu, and selected Safe Mode with Networking, but I just get a blank screen. I have ERUNT, and went back 3 months, but that didn't help. Now, I have more updates that won't install.

I ran Malwarebytes and Superantivirus, and it didn't help.Please help.

Answer:Can't get Win updates or get into Safe Mode

With the information you have provided I believe you will need help from the malware removal team. I would like you to start a new thread and post a DDS log HERE and include a link to this thread. Please make sure that you read the information about getting started before you start your thread.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient. Help is on the way!

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Hey
Are these updates all necessary and safe please?
Realtek Wireless LAN Driver 2023.17.731.2015TOSHIBA eco Utility 32/64 bitTOSHIBA Desktop Assist 32/64 bitUtility Support Driver 32/64 bit

Kind Regards
JSmart

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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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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'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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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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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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If I download and install all the updates listed on my windows update window, will it be more stable? or it will crash?

Answer:Windows 8 Full Updates Safe?

Impossible to say, but you need them. Generally they are safe

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There are 3 Java updates in my Programs and Features list. All 3 take up 3 hundred-something MB so I want to get rid of the ones I don't need. I'm guessing I keep the latest one (update 7) and delete the other 2 (3 and 5)

Thanks

edit: i also have the java 6 runtime envio.

Answer:Is it safe to delete these Java updates?

Hi Slapshot

Yes it is safe to remove older versions....

Download JavaRa and unzip it to your desktop.

***Please close any instances of Internet Explorer before continuing!***Double-click on JavaRa.exe to start the program.
From the drop-down menu, choose English and click on Select.
JavaRa will open; click on Remove Older Versions to remove the older versions of Java installed on your computer.
Click Yes when prompted. When JavaRa is done, a notice will appear that a logfile has been produced. Click OK.
A logfile will pop up.
This log file will show you what has been removed.

Hope this helps

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Is it safe to delete the security updates for IE7? I don't even use IE7 anymore, I've been using firefox instead.




those are all the ones that are installed. its taking up so much space on my HD.

Thanks.

Answer:Safe to remove security updates?

IE is deeply embeded in XP . . whether you use it or not, the security features are still needed . . I would not remove the updates . . they are not taking that much space . . look elsewhere for something to delete or add a second hard drive

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Hi all

I am still currently on XP. I hate change! But I'm having problems with my OS and I think rather than re-install XP, it's finally time for me to jump to 7/10. Apart from joining the modern era, I also want to make use of more than 4GB RAM.... Anyhow, putting all that aside for the moment...

Up until now I have never had any viruses or internet related problems that I'm aware of with my PC. I run Panda AV Free, but I do not have any software firewall installed. Even when XP WAS still supported, I NEVER ran any of the MS updates, so I must be WELL out of date as I built my PC in 2008! I am on SP3. I use Chrome as my browser, and I use the internet a lot.

So - have I just been lucky or is there more to it? From what I've read, the fact that I use XP alone should have me riddled with viruses, etc. Add to this that I've not run updates since 2008... and... well... So I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts.

Many thanks

Max
 

Answer:Still safe, still no viruses on XP (with no updates) - am I just lucky?

First thought is you might not anything that would be considered valuable to hackers.
 

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I haven't updated anything since 8/10 because of potential BSODs and all that jazz with recent updates. Has Microsoft cleared all the bad updates out yet? I thought I heard that even the replacement updates are screwing up systems, so I'm not sure.
 

Answer:Is it safe to resume Windows updates again?

Hmm. I have updated dozens of machines between then and now. From XP to 8.1 with no issues.
 

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have older updates from microsoft updates on computer from 2009, is it safe to go in control panel and delete these . is there a specific time frame for these updates before deleting or do they have to stay on computer. have seen semuliar or same update seems like updated

Answer:is it safe to delete old updates from my syst

Updates are cumulative. Each one assumes you have something else already and often tests to see if it is there already, if not it may add components from a prior one that is needed during the install. When I just installed SP1 for Windows 7, it showed a range of MB's that it would have to download, depending upon what updates I already had. It turned out that I was up-to-date so I needed the lowest number to download, but if I had not been, it would have been up to three times the download to completely install itself. Only uninstall an update if it caused a problem on your system. If you uninstall any now and then add SP1, then you will only be reinstalling them all over again. Service Packs are unique in this, so this will not always be true as not all updates need many of the prior ones, and any improvements in a prior update will make whatever changed are needed with the new one.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Is it safe to uninstall old and useless updates? How can I distinguish them whether they are old or not or whether they are useless or not and how can I remove them from my laptop xp. Thanks very much

Answer:Is it safe to uninstall old & useless Updates

If you have installed SP3 what makes you think that any old and useless updates are installed?The systeminfo utility will list installed updates, those shown without a KB number have been installed as part of a SPPlease come back & tell us if your problem is resolved.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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how do I disable telemetry in windows 10
 

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I've been working on my father's computer (an HP pavillion zv5000), and realized that he had some Windows XP updates to be installed, so I decided to download them. What I didn't realize at the time was that he hadn't installed any updates in almost 2 years (though Automatic Updates appear to be enabled). When I rebooted after the installations were complete, I could not start in Normal Mode.

When starting normally, I get a black screen with white writing saying that
there's been a problem with the computer (can't remember word-for-word), and gives me the option to start in safe mode, safe mode with networking, and another safe mode. It also offers to start up with the last settings that worked, or normal mode. When I try to boot up in normal mode, it sends me back to that same screen, and likewise when I try to boot with the last settings. Now it only works in Safe Mode.

I'm not really sure what's happened, and if it's related to the updates or if it could be a virus (I got a similar screen when my own computer had a virus a few years ago). I'd appreciate any and all help!

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:computer only starts in safe mode after updates

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Is Windows 2000 Server still safe to use? Are MS updates up to par? I would imagine ever since the Small Business Server and Server 2003 came out, that 2000 would crash and burn.

I would love to deploy it for one of the businesses that asked me about it.... but, I told them either SBS or 2003 would be the way to go. Was I wrong in doing so?

Any help will be appreciated...

Thanks!
 

Answer:Is Windows 2000 Server still safe to use? Are MS updates up to par?

ehhh . . unless budget is a major issue and 2003 costs way more than 2000 you're never really wrong with going with the latest software. that's a blanket statement, but a fairly safe one. i mean you know that at this point support for windows 2000 is only going to continue for another 3 years or something and at that point they need to upgrade again.

also, 2003 is not fresh off the press. it's had service packs released and been in the field long enough where you're not one of the bleeding edge early adopters if you go with it.
 

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Running my Add/Remove programs utility and ticking to include updates in the listing, I have lots of downloaded updates that have been successfully installed but are still sitting there. They include updates for XP, .net, security and Office. As they have been installed, is it safe to delete them now or should I store them somewhere?

Answer:Safe to remove MS Updates Programs once installed?

Don't remove them using the Add/Remove as that will remove the update and reset the PC to its prior condition, Their presence in the Add/remove is really to enable you to delete an update, should it prove buggy or incompatible.Simple option is to untick the Show Updates box and ignore them, but if you're happy the update is stable and want to clear the backup file and associated undeleter then try click here Remove Hotfix backup.

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Are the following updates safe to install on windows 8 64 bit systems, by safe i mean:
a )Does not cause severe crashes, inability to boot or inability to receive further updates
b ) does not interfere with the runnign of already installed desktop programs and exe files
c ) does not attempt to force "upgrade" to 8.1
I should also like to know what they actually do, i can't tell if these ones are security related or not, they have a range of "importances" attached to them.
KB2975331
KB3000988
KB2976978
KB2995387
I could use knowing that before i try and install any of them, i don't like my compuer being behind on updates but i also want to avoid buggy or sneaky ones.
Thanks

Answer:Are the following updates safe to install on windows 8 systems

Just set Windows Update to install critical updates automatically and you'll be fine.

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'windows installs alot of updates and these updates re too big in size, and i don't know what are the functions of this updates. It only emphasize that it is IMPORTANT and i can;t understand it. I have no choice but to install the update because it is said important. so, are these really important?

Answer:What UPDATES are SAFE to UNINSTALL in Windows7HB 32bit

  
Quote: Originally Posted by famousken


'windows installs alot of updates and these updates re too big in size, and i don't know what are the functions of this updates. It only emphasize that it is IMPORTANT and i can;t understand it. I have no choice but to install the update because it is said important. so, are these really important?



Updates keep your system secure, if they say Important, that's what they mean.

Optional updates are the ones you decide if you want or not, Personally, I install all

the critical, important updates, review the recommended updates and usually install

those as well. There is a good reason for them, just let them be, you're not going

to gain very much space by uninstalling them.

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Hi, just wondering if I'm the only one to have noted that MS offers to install pending Windows Updates on the Safe Mode login screen in an identical fashion to normal mode.

...er.. did you notice the inconsistency?

Situation: Set Windows Updates to notify, not download. Require password to log in. With pending windows updates, go to safe mode. MS use exactly the same screen as in normal mode, including the notification of updates and instruction to go to PC Settings to install them.

...er.. but it's Safe Mode... please sir, I haven't got an internet connection...

Oops?

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Disk cleanup says it can remove 13.5GB of windows updates.
Seems an awful lot - is this normal (not done before).
I do not have the Win 10 update files.
Is it safe to remove all thes updates?

Answer:Disk cleanup safe to remove updates ?

Hello Rufford,

Yes, it's safe to delete them if you like. It only allows you to remove outdated Windows Updates.

Windows Updates - Remove Outdated Updates in Windows 7

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Acer 5252 - auto-processed Win7 Home Prem (64 bit) updates. System started running slowly - figured it was from some large games so deleted them and defragged - system progressively worse - no viruses detected. Started getting error when trying to CtrlAltDel to get to task mgr to see what processes were running - error was "The logon process was unable to display security and logon option...". Reboot brings up Windows with no errors but takes 5-10 min for anything to start, and then hangs again. Can only shut down with power button. Starting in Safe Mode (w/ or w/o Networking) works but restore points are missing, so can't revert (I had plenty of room so not sure why the old points were deleted).

Dragged out my old Acer 6530 - Win7 Home Prem (32 bit) - haven't used it since around Jan so it was several updates behind. Worked fine until Windows updates applied - then same behavior as the first laptop. Was able to revert back to prior Windows and problems were gone.

I've seen other people complain about the CtrlAltDel issue in the past, but not sure why it's hitting me now, especially on both 32 bit and 64 bit. I couldn't say definitively that was the only change on the 5252, but it was the Win update was the only thing changed on the 6530 last night.

I know there are security updates I need to put on, but I also need an operational laptop! Any ideas? I can't d/l any utilities on the problem laptop. I can run TSG SysInfo if you want ... Read more

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I'm not sure if I can explain my question clearly but I will try. I was checking out what things are on my computer and deleting old junk I don't need/use anymore. I ran across multiple entries in my add/remove program files for the same program..

Example:

Java 6 update 4 ..size 137.00MB
Java 6 update 7 ..size 114.00MB

Then there are tons of security updates for I/E 7

and a bunch of updates for Windows XP


Question.....does each new update replace the previous update, or should these all be saved

Thank you in advance for your prompt reply,

Cathy

Answer:[SOLVED] Is it safe to remove previous updates?

Hello: Unlike Service Packs, those updates don't replace and add on to previous updates.

So, keep them.

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Is it safe to uninstall previous updates of Java 6?

Uncertainty leads to this question, but is it safe to uninstall the highlighted previous updates for Java 6?

Answer:Is it safe to uninstall previous updates of Java 6?

Hi Tony,
It's not only Ok it's actually, IMHO, advisable to do so - whilst the older versions remain there, any vulnerabilities that were corrected in later issues, remain on your machine and thus there is a possibility of them being used to compromise your machine

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After the release of Windows 10 Microsoft said they'll Windows 7 till 2020 so that's only five years of support. So my question is with the right security software is it possible to make an outdated version of Windows secure enough for everyday use?

Answer:Can Windows still be safe when it no longer receives updates?

Who knows what the security software market or device market will be like in 5 years?
 
Currently it is possible, but ill advised.

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It there a way to run Windows 8 updates when in Safe Mode. Control Panel doesn't show the Update option.
 

Answer:Solved: Windows 8 Updates in Safe Mode

Isn't this the same question that you asked in your previous Thread at your Post #17..?

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-8/1144988-800703f1-error.html

T.
 

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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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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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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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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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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
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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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"HKU\S-1-5-21-1249880946-500993554-1577037575-1001\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Mou... Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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