Friday, January 14, 2011

How to Disable Microsoft’s secret “Customer Experience Improvement Program” from Collecting Information in your Windows 7


Well you know Microsoft is notorious. They want control (but so does Steve Job and apple). So what’s new ?

Well they gave you this shiny new piece of OS called Windows 7 and you are all gaga over it. Yes it’s a very good OS. But privacy …? that’s another story. So they have this little program called “customer experience Improvement Program” and what it does besides hogging resources.

The program collects information about your computer hardware and how you use Windows without interrupting you?

And also periodically downloads a file to collect information about problems you might have with Windows.

In this way, the program helps Microsoft improve Windows.

You will be surprised to know that this program even counts how many times you have clicked on start menu, how many programs you have pinned to Taskbar, etc.

When you install Windows, it asks you to participate in Customer Experience Improvement Program.If you allowed this program to collect information or don't know whether the program is collecting information or not, here is the way to know or disallow it to collect information:

1. Open Start menu and type Customer Experience Improvement Program in search box.

2. It'll show the program in search results. Click on it to launch its Settings.

3. Now select "No, I don't want to participate in the program." option  and click on "Save Changes" button.

that’s it. It will stop bothering you.

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