Now Microsoft privacy issues are aimed at Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

It seems Microsoft’s privacy invasion has now continued to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Recently these “telemetry” updates are added to those versions of Windows.

The mandatory update KB3068708 (titled “Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry”) as well as the option updates KB3075249 (titled “Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7”) and KB3080149 (titled “Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry”) are the culprits.

Depending on your operating system you can silently uninstall them in an elevated command prompt:

  • wusa /uninstall /kb:3068708 /quiet /norestart
  • wusa /uninstall /kb:3022345 /quiet /norestart
  • wusa /uninstall /kb:3075249 /quiet /norestart
  • wusa /uninstall /kb:3080149 /quiet /norestart

Note that KB3022345 is replaced by KB3068708. So if you remove the latter, it will still be sending out information.

You can also add the following to your host file or firewall to block:

127.0.0.1                         settings-win.data.microsoft.com

127.0.0.1                        64.4.54.253 # settings-win.data.microsoft.com

127.0.0.1                        vortex-win.data.microsoft.com

127.0.0.1                       64.4.54.254 # vortex-win.data.microsoft.com

 

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About ebraiter
computer guy

One Response to Now Microsoft privacy issues are aimed at Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

  1. Thanks Eddie, good to know. One of the reasons why I didn’t jump at Windows10 (yet)

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