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How to Disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry (CompatTelRunner.exe)

If the CompatTelRunner.exe or Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is using high CPU, you can disable it. Follow these steps to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry in Windows 10.

As you can tell from the name itself, the Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process allows Microsoft to collect and send data at regular intervals regarding how the software installed in your machine is working. In general, the process only runs in the background as and when needed or when it is triggered by an event in Windows 10. If there are any bad software or too many crash events, the CompatTelRunner.exe process collects this data and sends it to Microsoft. This telemetry data allows Microsoft to quash any bugs in Windows 10 that is causing the issues.

For the most part, the CompatTelRunner.exe or Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process behaves itself. However, under certain circumstances, the Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process causes high CPU usage. When that happens, the whole system becomes sluggish. If you are a laptop user, the device itself heats up a ton and the battery drains quickly. In those cases, it is better to disable Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process. To be precise, you just need to disable the scheduled task that is responsible for launching the CompatTelRunner.exe process.

So, without further ado, follow the steps given below to quickly disable Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process in Windows 10.

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Disable Microsoft Compatability Telemetry Process in Task Scheduler

Windows 10 uses a scheduled task to launch the Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process. By disabling this scheduled task, you can safely disable the CompatTelRunner.exe process. Here are the steps you should follow.

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. After opening it, type “Task Scheduler” and press Enter to open the Task Scheduler.
  3. In the task scheduler, go to the “Task Scheduler Library → Microsoft → Windows → Application Experience” folder. You will find the folder tree on the left panel.
  4. Find and right-click on the “Microsoft Compatability Appraiser” task. You will find it in the middle panel.
  5. Select “Disable” from the right-click option.
  6. Close the task scheduler.
  7. Restart Windows 10.

That is all. Since the scheduled task is disabled, the Microsoft Compatability Telemetry will not start automatically. This means you shouldn’t have any more problems with the CompatTelRunner.exe process. Do keep in mind that you or any other program can manually launch the process as and when needed.

Turn Off Microsoft Compatability Telemetry GPO

If you want to fully disable the CompatTelRunner.exe process, you can go with the nuclear option. i.e, disable full telemetry via Group Policy.

  1. Open Run dialog box with “Win + R” shortcut.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” and press Enter.
  3. In the Group Policy Editor, go to the “Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Data Collection and Preview Builds” folder.
  4. Double-click on the “Allow Telemetry” policy. You will find it on the right panel.
  5. Select the “Disabled” option.
  6. Click “Apply”.
  7. Click “Ok”.
  8. Close the Group Policy Editor.
  9. Restart Windows 10.

Note: Unless the Microsoft Compatability Telemetry process is causing huge issues and you know what you are doing, I don’t recommend you disable full telemetry. It is better to follow the first method than going with the nuclear option(second method).

That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

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