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  • Windows 10 Enterprise: Does setting telemetry to zero disable cumulative updates?

    A very interesting post this morning from Günter Born. In a nutshell:

    • If you’re running Win10 Enterprise
    • And you aren’t connected to an update server
    • And you set the level of telemetry to “Security data only” (HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection\AllowTelemetry set to 0)

    You don’t get any cumulative updates.

    Sounds like a bug to me. Can anyone out there confirm?

    UPDATE: @teroalhonen pointed me to the Microsoft documentation for the AllowTelemetry setting:

    Security level

    The Security level gathers only the diagnostic data info that is required to keep Windows devices, Windows Server, and guests protected with the latest security updates. This level is only available on Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise, and Windows IoT Core editions.


    If your organization relies on Windows Update for updates, you shouldn’t use the Security level. Because no Windows Update information is gathered at this level, important information about update failures is not sent. Microsoft uses this information to fix the causes of those failures and improve the quality of our updates.

    Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and System Center Configuration Manager functionality is not affected at this level, nor is diagnostic data data about Windows Server features or System Center gathered.

    Sure enough — it’s not a bug, it’s a feature!

  • Differences between Windows 10 Education and Enterprise?

    I’ve always figured they’re both pretty much the same, with the obvious licensing differences, but… this note from ch100:

    I am trying to find which are the significant differences between various editions of Windows 10.

    It is commonly believed that Windows 10 Education has few privacy features set by default compared to Windows 10 Enterprise, while all other features are identical.

    The license model is also different.

    This may be an interesting subject to clarify as we may find in the process useful tweaks for the other editions, primarily Pro, but also for the Home Edition.

    There is a URL which may be useful as starting point and a table on the same page

    Any suggestions?