How to turn on or off Tailored Experiences via Settings, Registry or Group Policy

Tailored Experience is a feature in Windows 10. It helps Microsoft deliver recommendations about Microsoft Product. The diagnostic data which comes with it allows Microsoft to know about consumer experience, and collect feedback. In this post we are talking about:

  1. What are Tailored Experiences with Diagnostic Data
  2. If you should consider to turn it off
  3. How to turn on or off Tailored Experiences.

What are Tailored Experiences with Diagnostic Data?

Tailored experiences are personalized tips, ads, and recommendations. It enhances Microsoft products and services for consumer needs. When you enable it, Windows collects information from the browser, apps, features, and more. It then offers content tailored just for you on the lock screen, Windows tips, and other related functions.

Diagnostic data, on the other hand, allows Microsoft to get feedback from the customer. If you have seen prompts when using Windows which asks you about the experience, that’s one part of it. Customers can also send feedback anytime using Feedback Hub.

Should you turn off Tailored Experiences with Diagnostic Data?

Tailored Experience in Windows 10

That’s a debatable question, and there are two parts of it. First is the Tailored experiences. If you do not want Microsoft to show ads, recommendations, etc., choose to turn it off. It is entirely your choice. However, we do recommend to enable Diagnostic Data collection. The most significant advantage of using this is that

  • You can choose to delete any collected data.
  • Control the feedback frequency from Automatic to Once a day or once a week to never.

Turn on or off Tailored Experiences

There are multiple ways to turn it off. You can visit the Settings, and turn it off. However, if you are planning to do it for multiple computers, especially on the remote computer, use Windows Registry and Group Policy editor.

1] Via Settings

turn on or off Tailored Experiences via Settings

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostic and Feedback
  2. Toggle off the control underĀ  Tailored experiences.

2] Using Windows Registry

Registry settings for Tailored Experiences

Open Registry editor (regedit in the run prompt)

Navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Privacy

Change the value of DWORD TailoredExperiencesWithDiagnosticDataEnabled to 0 if you want to turn it off. If it’s 1, it means its turned on

3] Using Group Policy Editor

Tailored Experiences Group Policy Settings

Open Group Policy Editor

Navigate to:

User Configuration\Adminstrative Templates\Windows Components\Cloud Content

Double click “Do not use diagnostic data for tailored experiences” and choose Enabled.

This policy setting lets you prevent Windows from using diagnostic data to provide tailored experiences to the user. If you enable this policy setting, Windows will not use diagnostic data from this device (this data may include browser, app and feature usage, depending on the “diagnostic data” setting value) to customize content shown on lock screen, Windows tips, Microsoft consumer features and other related features. If these features are enabled, users will still see recommendations, tips and offers, but they may be less relevant. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Microsoft will use diagnostic data to provide personalized recommendations, tips and offers to tailor Windows for the user’s needs, and make it work better for them. This setting does not control Cortana tailored experiences, since there are separate policies to configure it.

This will prevent Windows 10 from using diagnostic data to provide tailored experiences to the user.

I hope this helps.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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