Windows 10 Disable Feedback
Windows 10 doesn’t just automatically collect information about your computer usage. It does do that, but it may also pop up from time to time and ask for feedback. Here’s how to disable any Windows Feedback pop-up notifications you may see.
This information is used to improve Windows 10 — in theory. As of Windows 10’s “November Update,” the Windows Feedback application is installed by default on all Windows 10 PCs. Previously, it was only installed by default on Insider builds of Windows 10.
Tell Windows 10 to Ask For Feedback Less Often
You can change the frequency of how often Windows 10 requests feedback from the Settings app. To open it, click or tap the Start button and then select “Settings”.
Click or tap the “Privacy” icon in the Settings app.
Select “Feedback & diagnostics” in the sidebar here. If you don’t see the option, you’ll need to scroll down in the sidebar until you do. The “Windows should ask for my feedback” option under “Feedback frequency” controls how often Windows 10 asks for feedback.
By default, it’s set to “Automatically (Recommended)”. You can also set it to “Always”, “Once a day”, or “Once a week”. Select “Never” and Windows 10 shouldn’t ask you to provide feedback anymore.
Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10
As you use Windows 10, Microsoft will collect usage information. All its options are available in Settings -> Privacy -> Feedback and Diagnostics. There you can set the options "Diagnostic and usage data" to one of the following options, as described by Microsoft:
- Basic - information that is vital to the operation of Windows. This data helps keep Windows and apps running properly by letting Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly. This option also turns on basic error reporting back to Microsoft. If you select this option, we’ll be able to provide updates to Windows (through Windows Update, including malicious software protection by the Malicious Software Removal Tool), but some apps and features may not work correctly or at all.
- Enhanced - includes all Basic data plus data about how you use Windows, such as how frequently or how long you use certain features or apps and which apps you use most often. This option also lets us collect enhanced diagnostic information, such as the memory state of your device when a system or app crash occurs, as well as measure reliability of devices, the operating system, and apps. If you select this option, we’ll be able to provide you with an enhanced and personalized Windows experience.
- Full - includes all Basic and Enhanced data, and also turns on advanced diagnostic features that collect additional data from your device, such as system files or memory snapshots, which may unintentionally include parts of a document you were working on when a problem occurred. This information helps us further troubleshoot and fix problems. If an error report contains personal data, we won’t use that information to identify, contact, or target advertising to you. This is the recommended option for the best Windows experience and the most effective troubleshooting.
The usage data monitoring setting can be set to Full out of the box, which is not acceptable for many users. Those users might want to turn off the data collection in Windows 10. This can be done with a Registry tweak. To disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, you need to do the following:
- Open Registry Editor (regedit).
- Go to the following Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection
- There you need to create a new a 32-bit DWORD value named AllowTelemetry and set it to 0. Windows 10 AllowTelemetry registry key.
Disable Windows Feedback Notifications
This part shouldn’t be necessary if you’ve told Windows 10 not to ask you for feedback above. But, if you’re still seeing notifications asking you for feedback, you can block them from appearing. Open the Settings app from the Start menu or Start screen and select the “System” icon.
Select “Notifications & actions” in the sidebar. Scroll down to the bottom of the Notifications & actions pane. You’ll see the “Windows Feedback” app under “Show notifications from these apps” if it’s showed you notifications.
Set notifications for the Windows Feedback app to “Off” and they won’t appear as pop-ups or in the action center any longer. This is the same method you can use to disable notifications for other noisy applications, like the frequent “Get Office” notifications that encourage you to subscribe to Office 365 and download the latest version of Microsoft Office.
If you Want to Provide Feedback
You can still choose to provide feedback at any time. To open the Windows Feedback app, open your Start menu, select “All Apps”, and launch the “Windows Feedback” app. You can also search for “Windows Feedback” in your Start menu or Start screen to launch the app.
Sign into the app with a Microsoft account and you’ll be able to search for problems reports and feature requests, upvoting them if you have the same feedback. You can also submit a new piece of feedback that other people can vote on.
This feedback is, in aggregate, used to help Microsoft understand how you feel about Windows 10 and its various features. If you don’t mind the feedback requests, you might want to leave them enabled and respond to Microsoft with your opinion.
After all, Microsoft removed the Start menu and Start button back in Windows 8 because, as it said at the time, few users actually used the Start menu according to the usage data it received. It’s likely that the “power users” who most frequently used the Start menu were also the same users who went out of their way to prevent Windows from reporting usage statistics to Microsoft.