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I Don't Want Domain Client Computers to Collect and Send Information to Microsoft

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When any of the Microsoft Windows operating system is installed, it is by default configured to send anonymous user experience information to the Microsoft. The same feature also sends reports of the generated issues to the Microsoft so that it could help the developers to improve the product.

The same settings are applied on all the client computers in an Active Directory domain environment as well.

However, for security reasons, if you don’t wish the computers (workgroup or domain clients) to send such anonymous reports to the Microsoft, you can configure and apply the group policies accordingly.

Here’s how you can get the task done:

  1. Log on to the Windows Server 2012 Active Directory domain controller with the Enterprise Admin for Domain Admin account.

  2. If not already started, initialize the Server Manager window by clicking its icon from the bottom left corner of the window in the taskbar.

  3. On the opened Server Manager window, from the top right corner, click Tools from the menu bar.

  4. On the displayed list, go to Group Policy Management.



  5. On the opened Group Policy Management console, from the left pane, expand Forest > Domains, and then expand the domain name. (MYDOMAIN.COM for this
    demonstration.).

  6. From the expanded list, right-click the domain name.

  7. From the displayed context menu, click the Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here option.



  8. On the opened New GPO box, specify a self-explanatory name for the GPO in the Name field.

  9. From the Source Starter GPO drop-down list, choose a starter GPO of your choice if you
    have created any.



  10. Once done, click OK to create and link the new GPO to the target domain or OU.

  11. Once this is done, right-click the newly created GPO.

  12. From the displayed context menu, click Edit.



  13. On the opened Group Policy Object Editor, from the left pane, under the Computer Configuration, locate and select Policies > Administrative Templates > System
    > Internet Communication Management > Internet Communication settings.

  14. Once the Internet Communication settings container is selected, from the right pane, double-click the Turn off Windows Error Reporting policy.



  15. On the opened Turn off Windows Error Reporting box, click to select the Enabled radio button.



  16. Once done, click OK to confirm the changes and to close the box.

  17. Close the Group Policy Object Editor snap-in, and then close Group Policy Management console as well.

  18. Press the Windows + R keys simultaneously to initialize the Run command box.

  19. In the available field in the Run command box, type the GPUPDATE /FORCE command and press the Enter key in order to update the group policy settings.


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