As you may already know, Windows 10 comes with a telemetry and data collection feature. It collects a lot of diagnostic data and sends it to Microsoft. According to the company, this data is used to improve the product's quality and the user experience. Diagnostic Data Viewer is a special tool that they have recently added which allows viewing what data will be sent to Microsoft. Here is how to enable it.
Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, there is a new Diagnostic Data Viewer app. It is disabled by default, but it is easy to enable it in Settings. The Diagnostic Data Viewer is a Store app that shows the collected diagnostic data your device will send to Microsoft. Information is grouped by a number of categories.
The app is useful when you need to see what data Windows 10 will upload to Microsoft from your computer. In order to enable the Diagnostic Data Viewer, you need to sign-in as Administrator.
To enable Diagnostic Data Viewer in Windows 10, do the following.
- Open Settings app.
- Go to Privacy -> Diagnostics & feedback.
- On the right, enable the toggle option Diagnostic Data Viewer.
- Now, click on the button Diagnostic Data Viewer below the toggle switch.
- The first time you click the button, it will open Microsoft Store. Click on the Get button to download and install the app.
You are done. The Diagnostic Data Viewer app is installed and enabled now.
How to view your diagnostic events
To view your diagnostic events, launch the Diagnostic Data Viewer app from the Settings app as described above. The app comes with the list of events on the left and their details on the right.
Select an event on the left to see what data will be uploaded to Microsoft.
Search your diagnostic events
The search box at the top of the screen lets you search all of the diagnostic event data. The returned search results include any diagnostic event that contains the matching text. Selecting an event opens the detailed event view, with the matching text highlighted.
Filter your diagnostic event categories
The app’s Menu button opens the detailed menu. In here, you’ll find a list of diagnostic event categories, which define how the events are used by Microsoft. Selecting a category lets you filter between the diagnostic events. More details about these categories can be found here.
Provide diagnostic event feedback
The Feedback icon opens the Feedback Hub app, letting you provide feedback about the Diagnostic Data Viewer and the diagnostic events.
Note: Microsoft mentions that enabling this feature to see collected data might occupy up to 1 GB of extra disk space on your drive.
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