does windows 8.1 w/update (2014-December) have any telemtry functions pre-installed?

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  1. hh456

    hh456 MDL Novice

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    Thinking of staying with windows 8 because of how windoes 10 is doing with all the telemetry stuff.

    would it be ok to use:
    en_windows_8.1_enterprise_with_update_x64_dvd_6054382.iso (2014-December)

    or would it be better to stick with the safer:
    en_windows_8.1_enterprise_with_update_x64_dvd_4065178.iso

    and disable updates from there ?
     
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  2. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    Both iso's are the same but the 2014-december (it's actually November Rollup) contains the 2 November 2014 Updates extra. So if the 2 updates released in nov 2014 aren't telemetry (check the lists) then it's safe.
     
  3. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    #3 abbodi1406, Apr 7, 2016
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    November Rollup KB3000850 itself contain old version of the same components in KB2976978

    these old components are not harmful or telemtry related, and it's enough to disable or delete these schedule tasks
    Code:
    \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser
    \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\ProgramDataUpdater
    
     
  4. hh456

    hh456 MDL Novice

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    #4 hh456, Apr 8, 2016
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    thanks for the info.

    i just checked those 2 tasks you mentioned, and they had this description:

    Code:
    Collects program telemetry information 
    if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer 
    Experience Improvement Program
    
    and i made sure that I DID NOT opt-in the Experience Improvement Program (just double checked the action center)

    So, i assume, I am safe even if I didn't delete those 2 tasks ?

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
     
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  5. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

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    Yes, it's enough to disable both
    the 'collecting' will not happen without those tasks running