You may have noticed a system file CompatTelRunner.exe bugging your Windows device using up an unexpectedly large amount of CPU resources. Ending the task doesn’t help either as it cannot be ended.
Here are some easy methods you can follow to fix the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry issue, and speed up your PC.
What Is Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry?
- Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is a system service in Windows 10. It is a part of the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. It is located in the C:\\Windows\System32 directory and transfers telemetry data.
- Telemetry Data is some technical data about your Operating System, which is sent to Microsoft on a regular basis.
- This executable file is used for upgrading Windows to the latest Version and installing Service Pack Updates.
- It restarts every time with a new Windows log-in.
- If you are cautious about your privacy in Cyberspace, you may be annoyed that an application is transferring telemetry data to Microsoft. Here I will share 5 methods to successfully disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry.
#Method 1 (Delete Compattelrunner.exe Using Administrative Properties)
- Log in Windows as an administrator.
(To log in as an administrator, press Win + R and type net user administrator /active:yes, press Enter)
2. Open start and search exe and wait while it searches. Once it finds the app, right click and select Open File Location.
3. Right click and open Properties. Go to Security tab and click Advanced.
4. In the new window that opens, go to the Owner Click Change Owner.
5. Find your computer username in the list. Select that and hit Apply.
6. Close any currently open Properties
7. Now go to the folder that contains exe and right click on this file.
8. Navigate to Properties. Go to Security, select Advanced and click Permissions.
Choose your account and click Edit. Put a checkmark on the Full Control box. Click on Apply.
9. Delete exe from this folder. Delete from Recycle bin too.
This will disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry and prevent it from starting when you log in to Windows next time.
#Method 2 (Using Registry Editor)
- Open Run by pressing Win + R. type regedit and press enter.
2. Copy the following path in the Registry Editor address bar and navigate to this path:
3. Right click on DataCollection and choose New. Create a DWORD (32-bit) Value
4. Name the new value Allow Telemetry and double click to modify.
5. Set the value data to 0.
You can use this method to disable Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry by using the registry editor feature in Windows 10.
#Method 3 (Using Command Prompt)
- Open start and search cmd. Wait while the search finishes, and right click on command prompt and select Run as administrator
- Type sc delete DiagTrack and press enter
- Type sc delete dmwappushservice and press enter
- Type echo “” > C:\\ProgramData\\Microsoft\\Diagnosis\\ETLLogs\\AutoLogger\\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl and press enter.
- Type reg add “HKLM\\SOFTWARE\\Policies\\Microsoft\\Windows\\DataCollection” /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
This will create the registry file and set its value to 0 which will disable the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry.
#Method 4 (Using Group Policy Editor)
- Open Run by pressing Win + R. type msc and press enter.
- Double click on Computer Configuration. Select Administrative Templates.
- Select Windows Components. Select Data Collection and Preview Builds from the drop menu.
4. On the right pane, double click on Allow Telemetry to modify.
5. Select button next to Disabled and press ok.
6. Restart your PC.
Go to task manager to see if the disk usage is reduced or not. Following these steps must disable the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry and prevent the use of resources. If these methods do not work, here is another one for turning off the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry.
#Method 5 (Using Task Scheduler)
- Open Run by pressing Win + R.
- Type msc and press Enter.
3. On the left panel, double click on Task Scheduler Library. Open Microsoft.
4. Open Windows, and select Application Experience from the drop-down menu.
5. Here on the right panel, right click and select Disable for the following apps:
- Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser
- ProgramData Updater
This will prevent the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry (compattelrunner.exe) from running. And you can save up some precious disk space that the program unnecessarily takes up.
Other tips and tricks to boost performance
Apart from turning off the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry, there are other tips you can follow to boost up your performance. Here is a list of other tips to optimize your device
- Clean Junk files regularly using third party software like CCleaner. If you are not sure which files to keep or delete, you can seek help from free third party software which can do this job for you.
- Delete old programs and the programs that you never use anymore to clear up disk space. More disk space translates to more real estate which means your device can run smoother.
- Limit the programs that run at start-up as if a lot of runs open at start-up, it may take more time to boot up your PC and your device will slow down. Instead, only run the apps you need in a session. (Open task manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and selecting startup)
- Defragment your hard disk to rearrange the fragmented data so your hard disk can run more efficiently disk defragmenter is inbuilt in Windows, and runs on a schedule, and you can defragment manually too.
- Clean up your hard disk by removing unnecessary files on your hard disk that take up disk space and slow down your computer. Remove files from temporary files, Recycle bin, etc.
- Check for viruses and spyware using Windows Defender, or any premium third-party application, as this harmful software and data can cause serious damage to your device and slow it down
So there you have it. Now you know how to boost up your device by disabling the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry which causes high disk usage and potentially slows down your devices. Did you find any of these methods useful? Comment down below if you used any of these methods to disable the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry or found these methods useful.