Best tool to disable telemetry on Win11

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Some great ideas in this thread!

I’ll keep checking it for updates, however this looks a bit dodgy? Link:

Thanks again for the insightful answer. I duckduckgo’ed a bit and found this:

I know this is probably one settings of many to change, but wouldn’t this work on Windows 11 Home?

@Average_Joe the program you linked is the one I used in Windows 10. I only had to use it once at the very beginning and of course you need to be careful when disabling things, but I never had any problems with it for 5 years. Maybe it didn’t do what is said it did though, I have no idea. It apparently works in Windows 11.

That’s why I’m asking what’s the best one to use.

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Honestly, I’m not sure. There is an official Microsoft app on the Microsoft store called “Diagnostics Data Viewer”. This app shows all telemetry being sent.

Try setting the telemetry setting to 0 as per the screenshot, reboot your device, then download the app and monitor if any telemetry connections are sent.

Keep us updated!

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I have the same problem as them for the Diagnostic Data Viewer.

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/unable-to-view-diagnostic-data/9fc03fed-bb41-42bf-9121-6e7254d58a39

I will instead search for each of the program in this thread to see which one seem to be the best and come back to post my findings.

Also, I don’t need NextDNS as my router still is configured with 1.1.1.1

Edit: This was probably the issue, I will report back in a couple days just to gather data.

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As I said in the other thread (with the proposed guide), I installed win11 Enterprise and followed the guide (but no, I haven’t read all MS’ documentation), but AdGuardHome still caught Windows pinging some telemetry urls.

So be careful trusting group policies. Or hosts files. Windows has been caught bypassing that as well. And even DNS filters probably will only filter the more benign telemetry and give you the desired false sense of security. Be sure the really nasty stuff is going to be sent to hard coded IPs, IPs found via DOH or even more likely via innocent-looking Windows Update urls.

Now that they’re P2Ping updates they even have an excuse to upload gigabytes from your computer with plausible deniability!

With Windows you have to pile up the defenses: download the Enterprise version and run the massgravel script: apply all the group policies; run the 3rd party scripts - I checked and OO Shutup seems to be very clear of what’s safe to apply and what’s risky, so if you stick with the “green” stuff you’re not going to run into the issues that cause people to warn against these tools/scripts; install Portmaster and whatever else is being suggested here: if you can use a network-wide filter like AdGuardHome or pihole;

And most importantly, try some alternatives to abandoning Linux altogether: if possible, have only Linux installed and use Windows inside a VM. If not, dual booting Linux and Windows is still better than using Windows for everything.

Edit: typo

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