Windows 10 Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry High Disk Usage [Solved]

April Cai, in Common error Tags: Windows 10

Does this look familiar?



If the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry process has recently started causing very high disk usage on your Windows 10 system, don’t worry.

We have a quick fix for you.

Method 1: Using Group Policy Editor
Method 2: Using Registry Editor 
Method 3: Updating device drivers 

Method 1: Using Group Policy Editor

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke a Run command.

2) Type gpedit.msc and click OK.

Note: If you cannot find gpedit.msc on your Windows 10, here is the method to got it.

3) Go to Computer Configuration >  Administrative Templates > Windows ComponentsData Collection and Preview Builds.


4) Double-click Allow Telemetry.


5) Select Disabled, then click Apply > OK.

6) On your keyboard, press Ctrl Alt Esc keys (at the same time) to open your Task Manager, check to see if Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry takes up a normal disk usage.

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke a Run command.

2) Type regedit in the box and click OK.

3) Click YES when prompted by User Account Control.

4) Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows > DataCollection.

5) Double-click Allow Telemetry.

NOTE: If you can’t find Allow Telemetry, create it manually: Right-click on DataCollection and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then name the new value Allow Telemetry.

6) Set Value date to 0 (zero) and click OK.

7) On your keyboard, press Ctrl Alt Esc keys (at the same time) to open your Task Manager, check to see if Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry takes up a normal disk usage.

Method 3: Update device drivers

If, after trying the above, the issue still exists or your PC is still running slow, it’s time to update your device drivers.

There are two ways you can get the right drivers for all your devices:
manually or automatically.

Manual driver update – You can update your  drivers manually by going to the manufacturer’s website for your devices, and searching for the most recent correct driver for each. Be sure to choose only drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows 10.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver EasyDriver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for your devices, and your variant of Windows 10, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next toany flagged driver to automatically download and install the correct version of that driver (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

4) Reboot your Windows 10. 

5) On your keyboard, press Ctrl Alt Esc keys (at the same time) to open your Task Manager, check to see if Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry takes up a normal disk usage.

Note: the method for getting gpedit.msc in your Windows 10:
1. Download gpedit.msc(Group Policy Editor) from Internet
2. When it’s done, Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64, and copy the followings:
folders: GroupPolicy
GroupPolicyUsers
gpedit.msc(console document)
3. Paste them in the following locations:
C:\Windows\System
C:\Windows\System32

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  • Fikret Uzgan

    Thanks a lot. I used regedit method described here and my PC is running as it should run now. 🙂

  • ryan thipavong

    Hi, I’m trying out both of these methods, but for method 1, I can’t find the Data Collection and Preview Builds. For method 2, I can’t find the Allow Telemetry in the Data Collection. How can I fix this?

    • Fikret Uzgan

      For Method2 you should add it into registry as decribed in the article.

  • Liam

    Worked INSTANTLY!!!

  • Liam

    Worked instantly!

  • Saturnius

    Thank you for the information.

  • Sandra Patterson Lewis

    THANK-YOU!!! Method 2 is working for me!!

  • Astro

    lol

  • April Cai

    Glad we could help.?

  • Mihael Keehl

    I enjoyed windows 10 for about a year now, however I regard this as an massive invasion of privacy. Back to Linux…

  • Daryle Henry

    My computer can’t find gpedit.msc 🙁

    • April Cai

      Hello, Daryle Henry. I am sorry you got message “Windows can’t find gpedit.msc”.
      But no worry, follow the method here to get gpedit.msc in your Windows 10:
      1. Download gpedit.msc(Group Policy Editor) from Internet
      2. When it’s done, Go to C:WindowsSysWOW64, and copy the followings:
      folders: GroupPolicy
      GroupPolicyUsers
      gpedit.msc(console document)
      3. Paste them in the following locations:
      C:WindowsSystem
      C:WindowsSystem32

      Now try to run gpedit.msc via run box now.

      • Daryle Henry

        Awesome. Thanks. I’ll give it a shot

  • Relland José

    Hi, thank you for this excellent post. You have turned complex things into simple and short one :).
    Unfortunately, this did not work on my HP i3 W10 Home. The telemetry processus (about 30 %) disappears but my disk stays at 100 %.
    Please note I have deselected most of my applications at the startup.

    I note that Google Chrome asks lots of ressources!
    I am considering to go back to W7!

    Thank you a again for this blog. I shared your blog in France :).
    Thank you for your comment. José From France.

  • Relland José

    By the way, do you know ReadyBoost with SSD micro card? I have the same issue on memory (100 %)(4 Go). Still since few months. I am not convinced by this technique.
    Thank you for your comment or post. José From France.

    • April Cai

      Hi, Relland.
      Great thanks for your sharing! And also apologies for the delay in response.
      As for ReadyBoost, I guess maybe you want to use it improve your system’s performance. I am not sure whether you are clear about when ReadyBoost will help you. ReadyBoost only helps if your computer doesn’t have enough RAM. If you have more than enough RAM, ReadyBoost won’t really help. If your card storage is slower than RAM, it’s advised not to use ReadyBoost.

      • Relland José

        Thank you for this feedback. Yes, Thank you to confirm my feeling. In fact, my problem did not come from Memory but Disk 100%. I did not notice the point about Disk 100% at the beginning.
        After different attempts noted on the Internet… I have always this pb. Now I ready to go back to Windows 7! What a pity!
        Thank you for your time and consideration.
        José from France.

  • EvoDriver

    Is it “AllowTelemetry” like in the screenshot or “Allow Telemetry” like in the description? When encouraging people to modify their registry, you really need to be more precise.

  • Abdul S Maqbuly

    It works,
    Thanks a lot 🙂

  • Sally

    Sorry I forgot to mention that the 2nd method doesn’t work for me either because the only thing I see under Data Collection is ‘Default. No Allow Telemetry.

    • April Cai

      If you cannot find Allow Telemetry, follow the Note below step3) of the 2nd method to create one manually please.

  • Sally

    Hey tehre. I tried to follow the steps but right away after typing gpedit.msc in the box I get a pop up that “windows can’t find gpedit.msc”. How do I resolve this issue?

    • April Cai

      Hello, Sally. I am sorry you got message “Windows can’t find gpedit.msc”.
      But no worry, follow the method here to get gpedit.msc in your Windows 10:
      1. Download gpedit.msc(Group Policy Editor) from Internet
      2. When it’s done, Go to C:\Windows\SysWOW64, and copy the followings:
      folders: GroupPolicy
      GroupPolicyUsers
      gpedit.msc(console document)
      3. Paste them in the following locations:
      C:\Windows\System
      C:\Windows\System32

      Now try to run gpedit.msc via run box now.

    • Aditya

      The reason you don’t find it is most probably because you have Windows 10 Home edition, which doesn’t provide gpedit for users.
      Also because of this, you can’t easily enable optimizations and set up Windows updates in such a way that it does not restart computer in game.

  • karol

    awsome

  • Pedro Daniel Diaz Machuca

    Thank you.

  • Michael

    This actually worked it immediately stopped the service in the taskbar it went from 100% to 6% thank you!

  • Ulf

    Thanks!

  • Yumi

    Thank you.