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How to See and Delete the Data Windows 10 Collects and Sends to Microsoft

Ben Stegner 03-05-2018

Windows 10’s April Update brings a slew of new features. Some of these make existing Windows 10 tools even better, while others address longtime concerns of users.


One tool that falls into the latter category is a new diagnostic data viewer. Windows 10 has long received criticism for collecting extensive telemetry data Privacy and Windows 10: Your Guide to Windows Telemetry With the advent of the Windows 10 Creator's Update, Microsoft seems to have decided to be more transparent about their data gathering activities. Find out how much is gathered, and what you can do. Read More and sending it back to Microsoft. Now, the company is giving you the ability to review what your PC collects and delete it if you wish. (Note that you must be running the April 2018 Update to use this feature.)

How to See and Delete the Data Windows 10 Collects

Windows 10 Diagnostic Viewer

  1. First, enable data viewing. Head to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback. and enable the Diagnostic data viewer. Note that this will take up about 1GB of space.
  2. Click the Diagnostic Data Viewer button and you’ll jump to the Microsoft Store to download the Diagnostic Data Viewer app. Install it, then click that button again or launch the app from your Start Menu.
  3. Inside the app, you’ll see a lot of diagnostic information Don't Let Windows 10 Spy on You: Manage Your Privacy! Windows 10 is watching you. Microsoft's latest operating system is undoubtedly harvesting more of your personal information than ever before. We'll show you how to get a better grip on your privacy. Read More . The left side collects “events,” and clicking one shows you exactly what was sent to Microsoft.
  4. Use the search box to look for information about certain apps if you like. You may want to try this after spending some time in your favorite programs.
  5. To export a copy of the data for your own use, click the Export button on the left to download it as a CSV file.
  6. Finally, if you’d like to delete this diagnostic data from Microsoft’s servers, click the Delete button back on the Settings page.

Don’t forget to disable this setting and save 1GB of space if you don’t plan to check it often. Also, on the Diagnostics & feedback page, you can change your setting from Full to Basic to send Microsoft less information.

For further reading, check out the complete guide to Windows 10 privacy settings The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Privacy Settings Do you know how much personal data you're actually sharing when using Windows 10? We show you every single Windows 10 privacy setting and what they mean. Read More .

Related topics: Computer Privacy, Windows 10, Windows Tips.

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  1. Dragonmouth
    May 3, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Or just don't use Microsoft products at all including Spyware10

    • Farhan
      September 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      I rather trust Microsoft than that certain Scroogle company, especially when it comes to their mobile OS.