Windows has a number of background processes and services that consume way too much system resources, causing your computer to slow down and hang up at the most inopportune times. One such process is CompatTelRunner.exe which according to many users often hogs CPU or storage I/O thereby slowing down their computer. Here we will learn how to disable CompatTelRunner.exe on Windows 10 to help you reduce unnecessary load on your system.

Disable CompatTelRunner.exe on Windows 10 PC

We will discuss two ways to disable CompatTelRunner.exe on Windows PCs. The first and easiest is to use Task Scheduler, but we’ll also explain how to do it using a registry tweak, just to give you an extra option. But before that, let’s see what it is and what it does on Windows computers.

What is CompatTelRunner.exe?

CompatTelRunner.exe is the Windows Compatibility Telemetry service executable process, which collects and sends usage and performance data to Microsoft. It is present on all Windows 10 machines by default and was installed on Windows 8/8.1/7 as an update described in KB2977759. The company claims the process helps refine the user experience on Windows, but many users claim it’s a huge resource hog that slows down their computers, especially during startup.

Is CompatTelRunner safe?

It should be. Windows Compatibility Telemetry is Microsoft’s own software, so it’s not technically malware. However, it hogs system resources in the background, collects data from your PC and reinstalls itself even if you remove it – all very sneaky and unwarranted behavior. It is run using the Windows Task Scheduler and is enabled by default, but you can disable it without any problem.

Is it safe to disable CompatTelRunner.exe?

Yes it is. It’s just a resource-intensive data-gathering process for Microsoft, so it’s not only safe to disable, but actually advisable for several reasons. So without further ado, let’s see how to disable CompatTelRunner.exe on Windows 10 machines.

Disable CompatTelRunner using Task Scheduler

  • Open Windows Task Scheduler by searching for “schedule” in the Windows search bar.
  • Go now to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience (Double-click each option).
  • Disable all tasks in this folder. To disable a task, right-click on it and select “Disable”.
  • Go now to Task Scheduler Library > Microsoft > Windows > Customer Experience Improvement Program and also disable all tasks in this folder.

That’s it. You have successfully disabled the Windows Compatibility Telemetry Service on your computer.

Disable CompatTelRunner using Registry Editor

  • Start Registry Editor as Administrator (Type “Regedit” in the Windows search bar, right click on the application icon and choose “Run as administrator”).
  • Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > AppCompatFlags > TelemetryControllerusing the left pane (Double-click on each option).
  • Now right click on ‘TelemetryController’ and choose ‘Rename’.
  • Finally, rename it to ‘TelemteryControllerX’ and restart the computer.

That’s it. Now you know two ways to disable Windows Compatibility Telemetry Service on your PC.

Improve PC performance by disabling Windows Compatibility Telemetry Service

Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry service does not add anything to your PC but hogs CPU and disk resources which slows down your system. Now that you know the process and what it does, go ahead and disable CompatTelRunner on your computer and let us know if it makes any noticeable difference.