Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry High Disk Usage on Windows 10 [Solved]

By April Cai  Common Errors  Windows 10   35 Comments

Does this look familiar?

If the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry process has recently started causing very high disk or high CPU usage on your Windows 10 system, it could be very frustrating. But there’s no need to panic – it’s usually easy to fix. You’ll learn 3 easy methods to troubleshoot the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry high disk or high CPU problem.

Try these fixes:

Method 1: Using Group Policy Editor
Method 2: Using Registry Editor 
Method 3: Updating your 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 Shift 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 Shift 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 your 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 the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (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 PC. 

5) On your keyboard, press the Ctrl + Shift 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: If you can’t find gpedit.msc on your Windows 10 computer, here’s how you can get it:
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

Hopefully this article could help you fix the problem. Feel free to comment below with your own experiences.

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