How to Disable Windows 10 Customer Experience Improvement Program

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The Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) is a discrete feature that collects your computer systems information and usage patterns and transmits it back to Microsoft.

Microsoft ensures that this program doesn’t collect any personal information but there isn’t a way to verify what it is sending out.

If you value your privacy, as I do, and wish to disable the Windows 10 CEIP feature this article will show you how.


Stop the Customer Experience Improvement Program

The Home version of Windows 10 doesn’t include the Local Group Policy Editor, but you can use the Registry Editor to opt-out of the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) on your Windows 10 computer.

To turn off the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP):

  • Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  • Type regedit, press OK and then select Yes to to open the registry.
  • Browse to the following path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SQMClient
      • If the folders (Keys) do not exist you will need to create them.
    • Right click on the SQMClient (folder) and select New then Key.
    • Name the new key Windows and press enter to save.
    • Select the newly created key (Windows) and right-click within the window pane on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    • Name the DWORD CEIPEnable and press enter.
    • Double-click the newly created DWORD and make sure its value is set to 0.
    • Click OK.
    • Close the Registry Editor app and restart your computer for the changes to take effect.



After completing these steps, your computer running Windows 10 Home or Pro should no longer send your computer’s hardware configuration details and usage patterns to Microsoft. To undo this, simply change the DWORD CEIPEnable value to 1 rather than 0.

You may want to also disable any scheduled tasks related to the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP). To do so, click on the Windows 10 Start button down at the bottom left of your computer screen and type in Task. From the provided items that appear, select the Task Scheduler desktop app.

At the bottom, within the Active Tasks area locate Consolidator and double click on it.



Next you’ll want to disable any tasks, in our case we had two ready to run. Not anymore!





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Editors Note:

  • This article was originally published on Feb. 28th, 2019. It was revised to update the sub-headings and text to make it easier to navigate the article.


2 replies
  1. John F.
    John F. says:

    I did not have and entry for SQMClient at the path specified. My key was located at Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SQMClient. But I did have the scheduler entries. I began chasing this after I saw the bad DNS lookups to entries probably from zune install. Win 10 10.0.19043.1165

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