Windows 7 Update for Windows 10 Upgrade Could Be Spying on You



/ 3 years ago

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A Windows 7 update, meant to prepare the operating system for a Windows 10 upgrade, could be secretly triggering daily telemetry and sending that information back to Microsoft. The update, KB 2952664, is advertised as a “compatibility update for upgrading Windows 7” that helps Microsoft make improvements to the current operating system in order to ease the upgrade experience to the latest version of Windows,” the update could be spiking a red-line of one CPU core each time Windows 7 is initialised, InfoWorld has revealed.

After a tipoff from a reader, staff at InfoWorld began investigating KB 2952664. The update was installed on a fresh Windows 7 SP1 x64 computer, after which a new program was found in the Windows Task Scheduler named DoScheduledTelemetryRun. You can look for it yourself in Task Scheduler Library>Microsoft>Windows>Application Experience, listed to run at 3:00am every day. The task it runs is %windir%\system32\rundll32.exe appraiser.dll,DoScheduledTelemetryRun, which is described as “Collects program telemetry information if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program.” The program runs independent of whether opts in or out of Microsoft’s Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).

Is this scheduled telemetry run secretly snooping on Windows 7 users, or is this suspicious-looking process more innocent than it seem? Until Microsoft clarifies the situation, we can’t be sure.

Thank you InfoWorld for providing us with this information.


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10 Responses to “Windows 7 Update for Windows 10 Upgrade Could Be Spying on You”
  1. WTF says:

    Deactivated!

  2. Stretford End Gaz says:

    Cant see it on mine, but have still just disabled all the tasks but all mine in that folder where just for ‘if you have opted in’ but nothing called this.

  3. PraesesZA says:

    AFAIK it’s supposed to scan for programs to let users know which programs might not be compatible with Win10

  4. TrickyDickie says:

    “Until Microsoft clarifies the situation, we can’t be sure.”

    So you’ll just spread rumors, rather than asking for clarification first…

  5. DABhand says:

    People are far too paranoid for their own good sometimes.

  6. Kishin Ro says:

    Even if this is not a problem, there’re many other spying issues from not only MS but also other companies, agencies, etc., which we don’t or will never be able to know.

  7. Nasty! Microsoft is devil company!

  8. Jordan Kytyn Benns says:

    microsoft literally the antichrist, worse than hitler and NSA and cancer and lots of other nasty things that are probably worse than microsoft but actually aren’t

  9. Bambi Qst says:

    I also noticed this a couple of weeks ago, 664 and 583, and the descriptions, hmm, links are broke

    That is not so worrying even a child could figure this out, i am more concerned about about other things going on with MS right now

    The sack is tightening, are you in it?

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