Windows 10 doesn’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. Here’s how to disable any Windows Feedback pop-up notifications you may see.
This information is used to improve Windows 10 — in theory. As of Windows 10’s “November Update,” 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.
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 “Settings”.
Click or tap the “Privacy” icon in the Settings app.
Select “Feedback & diagnostics” in the sidebar here. If you don’t see the option, you’ll need to scroll down in the sidebar until you do.
The “Windows should ask for my feedback” option under “Feedback frequency” controls how often Windows 10 asks for feedback. By default, it’s set to “Automatically (Recommended)”. You can also set it to “Always”, “Once a day”, or “Once a week”.
Select “Never” and Windows 10 shouldn’t ask you to provide feedback anymore.
This part shouldn’t be necessary if you’ve told Windows 10 not to ask you for feedback above. But, if you’re still seeing notifications asking you for feedback, you can block them from appearing.
Open the Settings app from the Start menu or Start screen and select the “System” icon.
Select “Notifications & actions” in the sidebar.
Scroll down to the bottom of the Notifications & actions pane. You’ll see the “Windows Feedback” app under “Show notifications from these apps” if it’s showed you notifications.
Set notifications for the Windows Feedback app to “Off” and they won’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 “Get Office” notifications that encourage you to subscribe to Office 365 and download the latest version of Microsoft Office.
You can still choose to provide feedback at any time. To open the Windows Feedback app, open your Start menu, select “All Apps”, and launch the “Windows Feedback” app. You can also search for “Windows Feedback” in your Start menu or Start screen to launch the app.
Sign into the app with a Microsoft account and you’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 don’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. It’s likely that the “power users” who most frequently used the Start menu were also the same users who went out of their way to prevent Windows from reporting usage statistics to Microsoft.