HOW TO: Disable Windows Compatibility Telemetry in Windows 10

Windows Compatibility Telemetry is frequently the culprit behind a slow Windows 10 experience as it attacks your hard drive and bogs everything down. Here’s a quick fix to disable WCT permanently*.

Create a restore point!

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  1. Open Task Scheduler (in Start, search “Task Scheduler”)
  2. In the left pane, navigate to:
    • Task Scheduler Library
      • Microsoft
        • Windows
          • Application Experience
  3. Right-click on “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser”
  4. Left-click on “Disable”

That’s it! Simple! While I’ve done this on all of my personal systems, and several client systems, without trouble, if you suddenly start encountering problems after making this change, you can easily re-enable WCT following the same steps.

* I verified that this fix works as of Windows 10 1803 on 2018-11-13, however Microsoft is constantly “improving” Windows 10 so this fix may not work after future updates. If you encounter any issues with this fix, see any errors, inaccuracies, or omissions in the post, and/or have any other feedback, leave a comment or tweet me @AwkwardPrimate! Thanks!

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T-Mobile Customer? Change Your Password!

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T-Mobile announced on Thursday evening that they were the target of a hack that they promptly shut down on August 20th. In the press release, T-Mobile stated that financial information and social security numbers were not stolen, however exposed data “may have included one or more of the following: name, billing zip code, phone number, email address, account number and account type (prepaid or postpaid).”

While T-Mobile claims that passwords weren’t compromised (only the encrypted hashes), according to this article, the passwords may have been weakly encrypted and potentially discovered with a brute force attack.

Lessons of the past tell us that, even if you weren’t one of the 20 million customers supposedly involved, you should assume that you are. Go to T-Mobile’s website and change your password immediately – and remember, don’t use the same password anywhere else! I highly recommend using a password manager, such as LastPass, to generate and save secure passwords.

When I tried to login to my T-Mobile account, it forced me to update my password before proceeding so it should do that with you as well. Stay safe!