Another round of privacy related hysteria has started around Windows 10 recently. Many users use various tricks to turn off telemetry and data collection which is sent back to Microsoft servers. Once these tweaks are applied, such users feel themselves relatively safe. However, it has come to be known that even if you disable telemetry, Windows 10 continues to connect to Microsoft's servers and sends some data there. This happens also in editions like Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) where it can be officially disabled.
It is not a secret to anyone who uses Windows 10 that this operating system is collecting a lot of private information and sending it back to Microsoft so they get more telemetry data. Many users are not happy that Windows 10 is spying on them and constantly seeking a way to stop it. While this is not the first time that we are referring to this issue, today I would like to share a different way to prevent Windows 10 from collecting your sensitive data using only the built-in Windows Firewall.
In the recently released Windows 10, Microsoft introduced new Telemetry and Data Collection features which will not give you the option to opt out. These services are collecting various information about the software installed on your PC and even personal data stored on your computer. Microsoft claims they may not be used to personally identify you but no one is comfortable with this kind of shady data collection. This change has had a very negative impression on the Windows 10 OS. Now Microsoft has brought similar Telemetry and Data Collection features mainstream directly to Windows 7 and Windows 8 family of operating systems.
Windows 10 comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Many users worry about this behavior and are constantly looking for ways to disable it completely. If you are concerned about privacy, you should know that in Windows 10 build 10525, telemetry and data collection services are locked down to send all information to Microsoft!
Windows 10 now comes with the telemetry feature enabled by default which collects all sorts of user activity and sends it to Microsoft. Unfortunately, Microsoft has provided no way to disable it completely using the Settings app for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10. Only Enterprise users can turn it off. Here is a solution for editions other than Enterprise to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10.