Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry, otherwise known as CompatTelRunner.exe, is a Windows process that stores usage and performance data from your computer or laptop, and then later sends this information to Microsoft to help them gather information and gain insight on how they should improve the system and make the user experience better than ever before. And while this process was included within Windows to try and help make the system better, it can’t be denied that it has been the cause of several issues for many users.
As mentioned, the Compatibility Telemetry tracks whatever you’re doing on your computer and stores data to be sent later. In other words, it’s constantly working in the background while you’re using your device. This can result in your CPU getting overheated at some point while your computer is sending out reports and data to Microsoft.
On regular days, this doesn’t really pose an issue. However, it gets troublesome when you’re in a hurry to get something done on your computer or laptop, and it’s laggy and slow due to the Compatibility Telemetry. Fortunately, there are several ways you can disable this Windows process so that you don’t have to encounter these issues anymore.
Method 1 – Use the Group Policy Editor
The first method on our list is disabling via Group Policy Editor. The steps are simple to follow, and you can find the instructions below:
1. Type in gpedit.ms from the Start menu and select the first program that shows up.
2. Select Computer Configuration, then Administrative Templates, and then Windows Components
3. From Windows Components, go to Data Collection and Preview Builds.
4. After clicking on this option, a new window will appear. Click on Allow Telemetry twice and select Disabled to ensure that it’s disabled.
Method 2 – Use Registry Editor
You can also use the Registry Editor to disable Microsoft’s Compatibility Telemetry. Follow the steps below:
1. Open up the Windows search function and type in Regedit. This should show a program called Registry Editor.
2. Click the Registry Editor and this should open up a new window where you’ll find various options.
3. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and then SOFTWARE. From the drop-down options, tap on Policies, then Microsoft, and then moving on to Windows. Lastly, select DataCollection.
4. Once you’ve located the Data Collection option, right-click on it and then go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
5. From there, name the new value “Allow Telemetry.”
6. Click on the new value you’ve just made and change the value date to 0.
7. Click OK.
Method 3 – Use the Task Scheduler
Another way to disable the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry is through the Task Scheduler. Here are quick step-by-step instructions on how to do so:
1. On the Start menu, search for Task Scheduler. It should be the first one on the list to appear.
2. After clicking on the program, select the Task Scheduler Library menu.
3. You should see a drop-down option labeled Microsoft. Click that and then select Windows.
4. From there, tap on Application Experience.
5. In that particular folder, select the option that says Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser.
6. Right-click on Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser—it’s usually the first one on the list—and click Disable.
7. Confirm your decision to disable and you should be good to go.
Method 4 – Find Other Possible Issues
Lastly, you can try looking for other possible reasons why your computer or laptop is slowing down. There’s a chance that it’s not the fault of the Compatibility Telemetry. So, have a look at what’s running in your device’s background, check how much memory you have left, or perhaps clear up some storage. Give your entire computer a thorough scan to cross out any possible causes.
If you’re looking to disable the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry cause it’s slowing down your computer, then try out any one of the methods we’ve listed above. After disabling, you shouldn’t have to worry about slow speeds, unless the issue is being caused by a completely different thing, which is why you need to check for other potential causes too.