How to Stop Microsoft from Tracking You on a Windows 10/11 Computer

By | December 3, 2021

One of the most valuable things today is data and one of the most controversial questions is is your data safe? Privacy is a major concern and almost all companies, be it Apple, Google, Microsoft and others. Suppose Apple released iOS 14.5, where there are new features included related to privacy.

Some users are always trying to find out how they can change the Privacy settings in their Windows 10 or Windows 11 and that is enough for most of them. But if you are looking for more ways to stop Microsoft from tracking you on your Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC, then this article will help you.

Stop Microsoft Tracking You

According to Microsoft, your data is collected to personalize your experience and if you don’t want to do that, you can disable certain settings from the Settings app to stop Microsoft from tracking you. You may or may not want to disable them all, as some of them may be useful to you. These are the things we will do to stop Microsoft from tracking you.

1. Disable Ads Personalization

The first and foremost thing you need to do to stop Microsoft from tracking you is to turn off Personalization ads.

On Windows 10:

  • This you can do by launching Settings by pressing the button Win + I and select Privacy.
  • Next you can disable all options in the right pane.
  • But if you just want to disable ad personalization, then deactivate option Let apps use advertising ID to make ads more interesting to you based on your app activity (Turning this off will reset your ID).

It will not disable ads but ads will not be based on your data. So, your privacy will be guaranteed.

In Windows 11:

  • open Settings by pressing the button Win + I.
  • Next click Privacy & security in the left pane and in the right pane click General under the Windows permissions section.
  • You will now see several buttons to customize including Let apps show me personalized ads by using my advertising ID, Let Windows improve Start and search results by tracking app launches, Show me suggested content in the Settings app and others.
  • Enough disable all options it’s to Off to disable all types of ads in Windows 11.

2. Disable Diagnostic & Feedback

Microsoft tends to take your data to make Windows components better. The sad part is that you can’t disable this feature completely, but there are things you can do to improve your privacy.

On Windows 10:

  • So, open Settings and select Privacy, then click Diagnostics & Feedback in the left pane.
  • Now, to know more about this policy, then click Get more info about these settings from the Diagnostic data section.
  • choose Required diagnostic data to simply provide Microsoft with information about your device and its settings won’t completely stop Microsoft from spying on you, but it’s the best we can do.
  • You can even check the diagnostic data to see what information your Microsoft has. And to do so, just click Open Diagnostic Data Viewer in section View diagnostic data or delete it entirely by clicking the icon Delete in section Delete diagnostic data.

In Windows 11:

  • open Settings by pressing the button Win + I.
  • Then in the Settings window, select Privacy & security in the left pane and in the right pane click Diagnostics & feedback.
  • On this page, deactivate option Send optional diagnostic data to Off.
  • Next, still on the same page, find and expand options Delete diagnostic data, then click Delete to delete all your data.

3. Disable Activity History

Another feature that can be a bit of a concern if you want to ensure privacy is Activity History. Activity History is used by Microsoft to help you go back to what you were doing before if you were logged into another device.

On Windows 10:

  • So, if you want to stop Microsoft from tracking you, go to Settings by pressing the button Win + I and select Privacy.
  • Then click Activity History in the left panel and then you can remove checklist on options Send my activity history to Microsoft in the right pane.

In Windows 11:

  • open Settings by pressing the button Win + I.
  • Then in the Settings window, select Privacy & security in the left pane and in the right pane click Activity History.
  • Furthermore, remove the checklist on options Send my activity history to Microsoft in the right pane.

4. Disable Location Tracking

If you want to be completely anonymous, then disabling Location in Settings can help. The easiest way to disable Location is from the Action Center. You just click the icon Notifications from the taskbar and disable it Location.

If you don’t see the option there, launch it Settings on your Windows 10, then select Privacy and click Location in the left pane. Then click Change and use the button to deactivate it.

While in Windows 11, go to Settings by pressing the button Win + I. Then select Privacy & security in the left pane and in the right pane select Location. On the next page, deactivate option Location services to Off.

5. Disable Camera and Microphone

Many companies have been found to be fraudulent by accessing users’ cameras and microphones without their consent. Therefore, you should always take care of your camera and microphone, deactivate them and only activate them when needed.

On Windows 10:

  • To disable your camera in Windows 10, go to Settings by pressing the button Win + I and select Privacy.
  • On the next page, click Camera in the left pane. In the right pane, click Change and use the button to deactivate it. You can read here to show notifications on your screen if your camera is activated or deactivated, be it by yourself or the app and even by hackers.
  • To mute the microphone, go to Settings, then select Privacy and click Microphone in the left pane. In the right pane, click Change and use the button to deactivate it.

In Windows 11:

  • The steps to disable Camera and Microphone in Windows 11 are similar to disabling Location. You need to open Settings by pressing the button Win + I.
  • Then select Privacy & security in the left pane and in the right pane select Camera and Microphone.
  • On the next page, deactivate option Camera access or Microphone access to Off.

6. Stop Donating Your Sound Clips

Microsoft tends to take your voice clips to improve its Voice Assistant. This is not cheating as Microsoft clearly states that they do this. However, if you don’t use Voice Assistant Cortana from Microsoft or just don’t want to provide your voice clip, then you can disable this option.

On Windows 10:

  • Launch Settings by pressing the Win key + I and select Privacy.
  • On the next page click Speech in the left pane.

In Windows 11:

  • open Settings by pressing the button Win + I.
  • Then select Privacy & security in the left pane and in the right pane select Speech.
  • On the next page, Stop contributing my voice clip and you will stop donating your sound clips.

Hope it helps you to stop Microsoft from trac
king you. You can then continue reading my other articles on how to remove your information from people searching on the internet or how to see who is tracking you online and stop them.

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