For the time being, it's still possible to disable M$ "spyware-like" telemetry on Windows 7 machines. It used to very simple: don't install the "telemetry updates": KB2952664, KB3021917, KB3068708, and KB3080149 It's also a good idea either to disable the telemetry-related tasks in Task Scheduler: Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ProgramDataUpdater Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\AitAgent Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\Consolidator Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\KernelCeipTask Microsoft\Windows\Customer Experience Improvement Program\UsbCeip But the new delivery system for Windows Updates has changed things. Now, each month we're getting "Security Monthly Security Quality Rollup" instead of individual patches which includes both security and non-security patches. And even worse, M$ has announced that their Monthly SQ rollups will become cumulative sometime in the future. This month, the November Monthly SQR (KB3197868) does contain a new patch that adds to the Unified Telemetry Client and runs the new Diagnostic Tracking Service Now, if you're like me and have painstakingly avoided installing Telemetry updates... you're only recourse if you want to install the new security updates is to turn off "Automatic" updates and install the monthly "Security Only Quality Update" The bad news is that the "Security Only" updates are not available via Windows Update. You have to manually download it from the Microsoft Update Catalog and then manually install it. Personally, I have no idea how long I'll be able my attempts to thwart M$ telemetry will be viable... And of course, it doesn't stop there. Company after company is looking to make money via "telemetry." Big bucks involved... so privacy and all that be damned. In fact, nVidia just added telemetry to their 375.70 driver! There are a couple of resources I use where I've learned a great deal: Woody Leonard's blog: AskWoody MyDigitalLife forums, especially this Windows 7 thread: Prevent Windows 10 Telemetry Be advised that Woody's blog is geared toward the average computer-literate user while the posts on MDL are geared to much more advanced users... who have no qualms tweaking registry settings and running complex scripts to customize their machines.