Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2017 23:12 UTC
Windows

The Basic level gathers a limited set of information that is critical for understanding the device and its configuration including: basic device information, quality-related information, app compatibility, and Windows Store. When the level is set to Basic, it also includes the Security level information.

The Basic level helps to identify problems that can occur on a particular device hardware or software configuration. For example, it can help determine if crashes are more frequent on devices with a specific amount of memory or that are running a particular driver version. This helps Microsoft fix operating system or app problems.

Use this article to learn about diagnostic events, grouped by event area, and the fields within each event. A brief description is provided for each field. Every event generated includes common data, which collects device data.

The long, long, long list of data Microsoft gathers when Windows 10's data collection is set to 'basic'. Some... Light reading as the Windows 10 Creator's Update, which is now available, installs (you can also wait until 11 April to get it through Windows Update).

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RE[3]: Too much data, but ...
by daedalus on Thu 6th Apr 2017 07:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Too much data, but ..."
daedalus
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2011-01-14

When it comes to bug fixing data, their benefit is our benefit.

True. The problem is how to write monitoring software that only sends them information that is relevant to bugs. That would be very clever software indeed!

I don't see why that data couldn't be collected locally on your machine, and only sent to Microsoft when something happens worthy of a bug report. Then it can gather the information together, show you what it's sending, and let you click the "Submit" button yourself. Lots of software does that and it seems to work quite well.

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