Beware: Windows 7 Convenience Rollup adds telemetry

Many users are concerned about Telemetry and Data Collection services that Microsoft bundles with Windows 10. Some users consider these features as a spying attempt and a reason to not move to Windows 10. Even if Microsoft claims that such big data is only used to improve the user experience, ultimately for the end user, being in control of any data collected is the top priority. After the release of Windows 10, Microsoft released updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8, which increase the data collected by adding more Telemetry entry points to these operating systems. You need to know that the Convenience Rollup for Windows 7 also comes with Telemetry updates bundled.


If you are not happy with any form of data being collected and sent to Microsoft regardless of what they claim to use it for, you must be informed that the Convenience Rollup for Windows 7 includes KB3068708, KB3075249 & KB3080149 - all 3 updates add more Telemetry and Data Collection features to Windows 7.

To avoid this, you need to turn off the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) option. When disabled, it prevents Telemetry data from being collected and sent to Microsoft. This can be verified by using SysInternals TCPView which shows no connections to Microsoft's servers on Windows 7 once CEIP was turned off.

Here is how you can disable Customer Experience Improvement Program completely in Windows 7.

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Go to Control Panel\System and Security\Action Center: Windows 7 action center
  3. On the left, click Change Action Center settings. Windows 7 action center settings link
  4. On the next page, scroll down and click the link Customer Experience Improvement Program settings. Customer Experience Improvement Program settings link
  5. The following dialog will appear: Customer Experience Improvement Program settings dialog
    Select the option No, I don't want to participate in the program as shown above, then click the button Save changes.

Additionally, you can disable a few tasks in Task Scheduler.
Go to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools.
Windows 7 administrative tools
Open the following folder in
Administrative Tools \ Task Scheduler Library \ Microsoft \ Windows nodes \ Application Experience:
Windows 7 CEIP tasks
Disable these tasks:

  • AITAgent
  • ProgramDataUpdater

Just right click each of these tasks and select "Disable" from the context menu as shown below.
Windows 7 disable task
Now, go to the following folder:
Task Scheduler Library \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Customer Experience Improvement Program:
Customer Experience Improvement Program tasks folder
Disable these tasks:

  • Consolidator
  • KernelCEIPTask
  • Use CEIP tasks

After that, the bundled Telemetry feature will not send data to Microsoft, at least as of this writing. That's it.

One thought on “Beware: Windows 7 Convenience Rollup adds telemetry

  1. Ivan

    I was curious about telemetry updates in this rollup. Sadly its integrated. Thanks a lot for info, Sergey.

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