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How to disable NVIDIA telemetry on Windows

Privacy is an important concern when it comes to any software. Most people seem to be ignoring the Terms of Service when installing third party software, so they really have no idea what they are taking. Since November last year, NVIDIA has added Telemetry to all graphics drivers, which implies the automated collection of user data and information from its system. So far, there is nothing to worry about, since the software isn't really spying on you. However, to be on the safe side, you can immediately disable the telemetry service in the new drivers. So before I take a look at how to disable NVIDIA Telemetry on Windows, let me explain what NVIDIA telemetry really is:

What is NVIDIA telemetry?

NVIDIA Telemetry uses the driver software installed on the system to automatically collect user data and information from your system. This information could include monitoring aggregate-level data and user-level data that could be collected and stored on their servers, typically to provide the correct driver update. So far, it can't be considered spying on users, as NVIDIA no longer collects information they used to. However, what the company intends to do in the future with the Telemetry monitors that concern us. So if you are paranoid, you can use Microsoft Autoruns to disable NVIDIA's telemetry monitor.

Disabling NVIDIA telemetry using Microsoft Autoruns

Note : I disable NVIDIA telemetry on my laptop with the Windows 10 Creators update. This method should work properly even if you have an earlier version of Windows.

We will make use of Microsoft's Autoruns software, which you can download from here. Once finished, simply follow the steps below to disable NVIDIA telemetry services:

  • Once downloaded, extract the RAR file and run Autoruns if you are using a 32-bit version of Windows or Autoruns64 if you are using a 64-bit version of Windows. Make sure you are running the software as administrator, since otherwise you will not be able to disable it. Leave autorunsc and autorunsc64 intact.

  • Once the software opens, type "Nvidia" in the filter search box and hit Enter.

  • Once finished, uncheck the boxes for all services that start with NvTm where Tm stands for Telemetry. When you're done, exit the software.

Well, it was really fast. You have successfully disabled NVIDIA's telemetry services and protected your information in seconds.

SEE ALSO: How to configure and configure NVIDIA G-Sync

Protect your information by disabling NVIDIA telemetry

While NVIDIA may not necessarily spy on you, we're not sure what the company plans to do with these telemetry services in the future. That said, the company's responsibility to inform users of these services and provide them with an option to disable it in advance, instead of using third party software to disable it all on their own.

So, did you turn off all NVIDIA telemetry services using Microsoft Autoruns? Let us know your views on services like this by simply dropping a few words in the comments section below.