Windows 10 doesnâ€™t just automatically collect information about your computer usage. It does do that, but it may also pop up from time to time and ask for feedback. Hereâ€™s how to disable anyÂ Windows Feedback pop-up notifications you may see.
This information is used to improve Windows 10 â€” in theory. As of Windows 10â€™s â€œNovember Update,â€ the Windows Feedback application is installed by default on all Windows 10 PCs. Previously, it was only installed by default on Insider builds of Windows 10.
Tell Windows 10 to Ask For Feedback Less Often
You can change the frequency of how often Windows 10 requests feedback from the Settings app. To open it, click or tap the Start button and then select â€œSettingsâ€.
Click or tap the â€œPrivacyâ€ icon in the Settings app.
Select â€œFeedback & diagnosticsâ€ in the sidebar here. If you donâ€™t see the option, youâ€™ll need to scroll down in the sidebar until you do.
The â€œWindows should ask for my feedbackâ€ option under â€œFeedback frequencyâ€ controls how often Windows 10 asks for feedback.Â By default, itâ€™s set to â€œAutomatically (Recommended)â€. YouÂ can also set it to â€œAlwaysâ€, â€œOnce a dayâ€, or â€œOnce a weekâ€.
Select â€œNeverâ€ and Windows 10 shouldnâ€™t ask you to provide feedback anymore.
Disable the Windows Feedback Notifications
This part shouldnâ€™t be necessary if youâ€™ve told Windows 10 not to ask you for feedback above. But, if youâ€™re still seeing notifications asking you for feedback, you can block them from appearing.
OpenÂ the Settings app from the Start menu or Start screen and select the â€œSystemâ€ icon.
Select â€œNotifications & actionsâ€Â in the sidebar.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Notifications & actions pane. Youâ€™ll see the â€œWindows Feedbackâ€ app under â€œShow notifications from these appsâ€ if itâ€™s showed you notifications.
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Set notifications for the Windows Feedback app to â€œOffâ€ and they wonâ€™t appear as pop-ups or in the action center any longer.
This is the same method you can use to disable notifications for other noisy applications, like the frequent â€œGet Officeâ€ notifications that encourage you to subscribe to Office 365 and download the latest version of Microsoft Office.
LaunchÂ the Windows Feedback App to Provide Feedback
You can still choose to provide feedback at any time. To open the Windows Feedback app, open your Start menu, select â€œAll Appsâ€, and launch the â€œWindows Feedbackâ€ app. You can also search for â€œWindows Feedbackâ€ in your Start menu or Start screen to launch the app.
Sign into the app with a Microsoft account and youâ€™ll be able to search for problems reports and feature requests, upvoting them if you have the same feedback. You can also submit a new piece of feedback that other people can vote on.
This feedback is, in aggregate, used to help Microsoft understand how you feel about Windows 10 and its various features. If you donâ€™t mind the feedback requests, you might want to leave them enabled and respond to Microsoft with your opinion.
After all, Microsoft removed the Start menu and Start button back in Windows 8 because, as it said at the time, few users actually used the Start menu according to the usage data it received. Itâ€™s likely that the â€œpower usersâ€ who most frequently used the Start menu were also the same users who went out of theirÂ way to prevent Windows from reporting usage statistics to Microsoft.