How to Disable Microsoft’s Settings Experiments in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 05-01-2017

Microsoft’s tactics with Windows 10 have been questionable How Microsoft Has Pushed Windows 10 and the Results Microsoft has been promoting Windows 10 aggressively for over a year. The goal was to get the new operating system running on one billion devices by 2018. We look at Microsoft's methods and the numbers. Read More . As the newest version of the operating system (OS) comes as a service instead of a product, Microsoft regularly tweaks the system as they see best. With every new update come lots of great features, but also some intrusions.


One of the newest changes allows Microsoft to “conduct experiments” with the settings on your PC. It’s not present on the stable version of Windows 10, and only exists in the Pro and higher versions. This suggests that Microsoft might be testing it with Insiders for a full release later. You can disable this experimenting with a simple tweak if you like.

The easier method is using the Windows 10 privacy tool ShutUp10, which includes a switch to Disable conducting experiments with this machine by Microsoft. Enabling this option changes a Registry value, which you can do on your own if you don’t want to use the privacy tool.

Open a Registry editor by typing Regedit into the Start Menu, and remember to be careful while you’re in here. The key that toggles this (AllowExperimentation) is found here:


This key can be set to 0 to disable experimentation, 1 (the default) to allow experimentation of device settings, or 2 to allow full experimentation. If you’re not an Insider this tweak won’t do anything yet, but it will be worth checking again after the Creators Update launches this spring A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More .

What do you think Microsoft is doing with this experimentation? Let us know below if you turned this off, and if you’ve noticed any changes as an Insider!


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Related topics: Computer Privacy, Troubleshooting, Windows 10.

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  1. Alex
    January 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Hey, you recommend users to add a registry key and don't even know yourself what it means. That's weird.

    • Grumpy Dragon
      January 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Doesn't look like they know anything about any of this. What sort of experiments? There are literally no more details about this than "conduct experiments"...

      It's like going "Microsoft can now 'access your files'!! To disable that, add this to the registry..."