Here’s a short guide that shows how to disable Microsoft compatibility telemetry and restore memory, CPU, and hard drive performance.
Have you ever encountered some performance issues on your Windows 10 device (hard drive, CPU, and RAM), opened Task Manager to find out the reason for this, and found that the culprit is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry?
What is Microsoft compatibility telemetry?
If you don’t already know, let’s spend 30 seconds explaining what: Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is a service in Windows 10 that collects real-time technical data regarding how Windows hardware and drivers work: this data is periodically sent to Microsoft to allow them to improve User experience by growing them and/or fixing potential problems that occur.
This is cool, isn’t it? Except that these “telemetry” actions may have a significant performance on your system, especially if your computer resources are already low – a common scenario for players and hardcore web surfers (more than 20 tabs for the browser at the same time), Netflix / Amazon Prime Video Predicted monitors, etc.
If you are one of them, there is a high possibility that you want to stop this service from fetching and sending your device data: In this article, we will briefly explain how you can do this.
Windows 10 provides its users with a lot of useful and unusual features. But Microsoft is the primary milestone that plans, creates, and delivers the features Windows 10 provides as an operating system.
The compatibility service is one of them. It’s a feature that is enabled by default on every Microsoft device that collects information about user activity and then delivers it to Microsoft.
The idea behind this feature is innocent, but it often causes a lot of problems like Microsoft’s High Disk Usage issue and privacy issues as well. So in such a case, remote metering must be disabled for compatibility from Microsoft, i.e., compattelrunner.exe.
There are a few ways we can disable Microsoft Windows 10 compatibility, but before we get into that, tell us a little bit about what telemetry of Microsoft compatibility is.
What is Windows 10 Microsoft compatibility telemetry?
Telemetry for Windows compatibility is relevant technical data from Windows devices that tell us about device performance and covers all information about the device and related software.
Microsoft collects and merges all information from computers, then uses data to improve its services along with the Windows service, improve user experience, and maintain Windows security. Its functions include-
- Maintains Windows security, performance, and reliability
- Maintains Windows update
- Allows sharing skins for Windows
- Analyzes and improves Windows usage
Microsoft’s remote compatibility should not be confused with functional data, and to understand this, you can take a look at some examples called telemetry data.
The type of hardware used, the usage details for the installed applications, and the types of the installed apps, along with the reliability information on the device drivers, all come with a Microsoft-compatible telemetry system.
As we now know what compatibility is remotely from Microsoft, let us know more about telemetry levels in Windows 10. There are a total of 4 telemetry levels, the first of which is “security,” and the second is “basic,” the third level of telemetry is “optimized.” And the last one is “full.”
Security – At this level, the collected telemetry data is required to keep the Windows machine secure.
Basic – At this level, you will only find the minimum set of data required to understand the device and identify its problems. The telemetry data available at this level is always minimal.
Optimized – At the next level, the telemetry data collected tells how the user uses Windows and its applications. Also, Microsoft-compatible telemetry data at this level helps Microsoft improve the user experience.
Full – the last level as the name implies collects complete information, i.e., data from all levels above. It also collects any additional data needed to identify and fix problems.
How to Disable Microsoft compatibility Telemetry
Here are the three known ways to disable Microsoft compatibility telemetry.
Disable Windows Personal Data Sharing
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- Open System Mechanic Ultimate Defense and go to the System Mechanic tab. Do a quick scan (or deep scan) and check your recommendations.
- Within the recommendations, you should see a line indicating that Windows 10 Personal Data Sharing Services are currently enabled. Click Review.
- Here, you will see a list of privacy-related services. In the Status section, switch the selections to Disabled or Disabled.
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Disable CompatTelRunner.exe via Task Scheduler
One of the easiest ways to solve the Telemetry Runner problem is to disable it without deleting it. Follow the specific steps to stop CompatTelRunner.exe in Windows 7, 8, or 10.
- Start the window by pressing the Windows key and the letter R on the keyboard at the same time.
- Type taskchd.msc and press Enter or OK.
- Now expand the folders in the specified order – Task Scheduling Library> Microsoft> Windows> Application Experience. Find and right-click a task called Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser. Select Disable.
Delete CompatTelRunner.exe after Getting it
The following method requires that you have administrator privileges on the computer. So before you start, log in to your computer with the administrator account (whatever account has administrator rights).
The provided method describes how to delete only the Compatibility Telemetry Runner file, not the KB2977759 update completely. Completely removing the update can spoil the Windows update schedule, so we do not recommend it.
- Open Windows Search and type CompatTelRunner. Right-click on the match result to see the options and select Open File Location. Or you can just go to CD C, then to the Windows folder, then to the System32 folder. The easiest way is to open Run (type Windows key + R), type C: \ Windows \ System32, and press Enter. In the System32 folder, find the file named CompatTelRunner.exe.
- Right-click on the file and choose Properties. Now, go to the Security tab and click the Advanced button here.
- Next, open the Owner tab and click on the Change option. Then choose Advanced. Then click “Find Now.”
- This displays a list of owners, so select the account you are using now and click OK. Then close the tables by clicking, OK. In the Advanced Security Settings table, click Apply and OK. You may be prompted to close all feature windows, so do so.
- After changing the file owner, you must change the file permissions. Right-click the CompatTelRunner.exe file and open the properties again. Go to Security tab> Advanced> Select user from menu> Edit.
- Then a new window opens, providing permission suggestions. Look at the Allow column and select Full Control. Click OK. Then apply and agree. Click Yes to confirm your choice.
- Now that you are completely in control of the file right-click the file and delete it.