How to Turn Off or On Sending Diagnostic Data to Microsoft in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable sending diagnostic data to Microsoft in Windows 11.

Microsoft uses diagnostics and feedback to collect information about your Windows devices. When you enable sending diagnostic data, Microsoft uses that diagnostic information to keep Windows secure and up to date, troubleshoot problems, and make product improvements.

Windows sends two types of diagnostic data to Microsoft as described below:

  • Required diagnostic data – gathers a limited set of information that is critical for understanding the device and its configuration including: basic device information, quality-related information, app compatibility, and Microsoft Store.
  • Optional diagnostic data – includes additional details about your device and its settings, capabilities, and device health.

For privacy reasons if you want to turn off sending diagnostic data to Microsoft, the steps below show you how to do that.

How to disable or enable sending diagnostic to Microsoft in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Microsoft uses diagnostics and feedback to collect information about your Windows devices. When you enable sending diagnostic data, Microsoft uses that diagnostic information to keep Windows secure and up to date, troubleshoot problems, and make product improvements.

Below is how to change this setting in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start menu settings updated

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Privacy & security, then select the Diagnostics & feedback tile on the right pane as highlighted in the image below.

windows 11 diagnostic and feedback tile

On the Privacy & security > Diagnostics & feedback settings pane, below Diagnostic data, toggle the On and Off switch to enable or disable Sending optional diagnostic data to Microsoft.

windows 11 send optional diagnostic data

Alternatively, open Local Group Policy Editor by clicking on the Start Menu and searching for Edit group policy as highlighted below.

Under Best match, select Edit group policy to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

windows 11 open local group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Windows Components>Data Collection and Preview Builds

In the Data collection and Preview Builds details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting Allow Diagnostic Data.

windows 11 allow diagnostic data gpo

In the Allow Diagnostic Data setting window, set the option to Enabled or Disabled.

windows 11 disable or enable diagnostic data

Select OK.

Close Local Group Policy Editor.

Another way to disable sending diagnostic data to Microsoft is via Windows Registry.

To do that, open Windows Registry then browse to the path below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection

There, create a new REG_DWORD data and call it AllowTelemetry if one isn’t already there. Then change the data value as needed:

  • 0 = disable
  • 1 = send required diagnostic data
  • 3 = send optional diagnostic data
windows disable telemetry registry

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on or off sending of diagnostic data and feedback in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment

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