Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

How to Fix Windows 10 Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry High Disk Usage

The common problem that people are facing nowadays is regarding Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry which is a program installed in your computer designed to enhance computer performance but the main problem with the feature is that it makes your computer very slow.

Some people are also skeptical because of its privacy issues that it creates by recording all the messages and of your personal computer and sends it to Microsoft for reviewing purposes. To know more about the program and how can we deal with this issue, let’s look at what is it and what it does.

What Is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry?

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is a Microsoft service in personal computers with Windows 10 which contains information on models of windows devices and its related software so that Microsoft can use it later to enhance the user experience by fixing the bugs and issues in that software. The telemetry data helps to collect important user information and then sends it to Microsoft for inspection purposes so that it can further solve any issues and enhance user experience. Data such as text which one types on the keyboard or any conversations that you have with Cortana or any media file that you store. This file is used by Microsoft to update all of the features in Windows 10 and increase computer performance. Though this is used for the benefit of the individual, yet high disk storage possesses a great issue for the users.

But as it helps in improving the performance of the windows over time, it also makes it slow since it uses huge disk space in the computers causing other applications to slow down significantly. Many users have complained about the storage problem and reported the issues that they faced while working on their computers.

Some people also want their computers to be private to them which doesn’t happen with this program as it collects all the data of the computer to make it more efficient. So because of the slowing down of personal computers and privacy being an issue for some people, they wish to disable this service.

So, if you are someone who is facing this problem yourself and want some fix for it, you are in the right place as we will go through the methods on how you can disable it without any external help. Some of the methods are mentioned below for your better understanding.

How To Disable This Program From Your PC:

Method 1:

Disable the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry by Group Policy Editor:

Step 1: Press the Windows key and R Key together to get the run dialogue box.

Step 2:  Then type gpedit.msc in the search box and then click OK.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry
Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Step 3: When you click ok then the window will get open in which you have to expand the folder named Computer Configuration. In that folder, another folder will be there named Administrative Templates which you have to click again to expand it.

Step 4: Under Administrative Templates, a folder Windows components will be present there, click on it.

Step 5: Then click on the Data collection and preview builds option. You will see an option called to allow telemetry.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry
Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Step 6:  Double click on allow telemetry and then click disable and then click OK.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry
Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Step 7:  This will disable your telemetry data program and will not run in your computer thereafter. You can check by going to your task manager and see whether it worked or not.

Method 2:

Clean up Running Memory:

The first thing we normally do when our PC works slowly are to clean the memory so it cleans up the unnecessary software that runs in behind and slows up the computer. This will free some space in your disk and thus can help in speeding up the memory.

Step 1: Type disk cleaner into the search bar. It will show an application on the desktop, click on that application.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry
Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Step 2: Then a box will appear in which you have to put the name of the drive-in which the windows are installed. Normally the windows are installed in C drive so in case it is installed in that drive in your computer, and then choose OK.

Step 3: check if the temporary Internet files are marked and then click OK.

Step 4: After completing all the steps, restart the window and then check in the task manager if it is working or not.

Method 3:

Disable Telemetry via Registry Editor:

Step 1: Press Windows key and R key together and you will see a run dialogue box.

Step 2: Type regedit in the dialogue box and then click OK.

Step 3: This will ask for your permission to make changes to the computer. Click yes and then a big registry editor box will appear.

Step 4: In the registry editor box, click on the HKEY_ LOCAL_ MACHINE and then click on the Software file under it.

Step 5:  Once you open the software file, and then open the policies folder under the same. Then click on Microsoft and select the windows folder as shown below.

Step 6: After selecting the Windows folder, right-click on the data collection and when the drop-down menu comes, choose DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry

Step 7: Once you click on the option, a box will appear in which you will have to enter a new value. Name this value as Allow Telemetry and then enter the value data as 0 and then click Ok.

This will fix your problem through the registry editor. Once all the steps are followed, check it with the help of the task manager.

Method 4:

Delete CompatTellRunner.exe after taking ownership in it:

You can follow these steps only from your administrator account. So you will have to log in first from the administrator account and then follow these steps to delete the Compatibility Telemetry Runner file.

Step 1: Open the windows menu to open the start menu. Then type compattelrunner.exe in the search bar and wait for the computer to identify the file. Once windows find the program, right-click on it and then select Open file location option. 

Step 2:  Right-click on the folder and then choose the properties option. Now go to the security option and then click on the advanced button.

Step 3:  A new window will open in which you have to go to the owner’s tab and then choose to change the owner button. Find your user name in it and then click on the apply button. Once you click the apply button, you will be asked to close all the properties windows and if there are some open, close it.

Step 4: Now go to the folder in which Compattelrunner.exe file was there and again right-click on it to go to the properties option. Then click on the security tab and then advanced button and then permissions. After you went to permissions, choose your user account and then edit option.

Step 5: Look for permissions of users under edit option and then put a right tick on full control and then apply.

Step 6: The last step is to delete the Compattelrunner.exe from the folder and then empty the trash bin.


The methods mentioned above are easy to apply steps and can be done by any person without having any technical knowledge whatsoever. Now you won’t have to worry about your privacy getting disturbed or complain about PC running slow as these steps are enough to solve this issue.

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