How to View and Delete your Device’s Diagnostic Data in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to use the diagnostic data viewer app to view their device’s diagnostic data as well as delete that data stored on their Windows devices.

Microsoft collects information about your Windows devices through a feature called Diagnostic data and feedback.

A related feature called Tailored experiences also lets use your device’s diagnostic data to offer you personalized tips, ads, and recommendations to enhance Microsoft experiences.

Microsoft yet has another feature called Improve inking & typing that lets it collect samples of the content you type or write to improve features such as handwriting recognition, autocompletion, next word prediction and spelling correction, and we use this data in the aggregate to improve the inking and typing feature for everyone who uses Windows.

All these tools are there to help Microsoft build and maintain Windows ecosystem, keep Windows secure, up to date, troubleshoot problems, and make product improvements.

You can view diagnostic data for your device in real time by using the Diagnostic Data Viewer. The information is real time. It won’t allow you view diagnostic data history.

How to view and delete diagnostic data in Windows 11

By design, you can’t view your device’s diagnostic data out of the box. You must install and use the diagnostic data viewer app from the Microsoft store to see the data being sent to Microsoft.

Below is how to install and use the app to view your device’s diagnostic data.

Below is how to view the real time diagnostic data on your device.

Go to Start , then select Settings  > Privacy & security > Diagnostics & feedback.

Make sure that the View diagnostic data setting is turned On, and then select Open Diagnostic Data Viewer.

diagnostic data viewer in windows 11

You’ll be prompted to install the app from the Microsoft Store to view the data. You’ll then use the app to view the data.

How to delete your device’s diagnostic data in Windows 11

Besides Windows allowing you to view your device’s diagnostic data using the diagnostic data viewer, you can also delete the data stored on your device.

Go to Start , then select Settings  > Privacy & security > Diagnostics & feedback.

Under Delete diagnostic data, you can delete diagnostic data for your device.

delete diagnostic data in windows 11

To view and delete any additional diagnostic data associated with your Microsoft account, visit the Microsoft privacy dashboard.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to view your device’s diagnostic data as well as how to delete that stored data. If you find any error above or have something to share, please use the comment form below.

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