Windows 17083 or higher (the upcoming RS 4 release [to be released in 7/8 weeks from now]) will get a new Diagnostic Data Viewer app which let’s you view the diagnostic data the OS collects. Microsoft uses Windows diagnostic data to focus our decisions and efforts to provide you with the most robust and valuable platform possible. By participating in MS diagnostic data programs, you have a voice in the operating system’s development, improving the overall product experience and quality through your insights.

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The new option gives you an overview which data are been collected exactly, right now it’s a bit cryptic but that might get changed.

The new Options explained


Search your diagnostic events: The search box at the top of the screen lets you search all of the diagnostic event data. The returned search results include any diagnostic event that contains the matching text. Selecting an event opens the detailed event view, with the matching text highlighted.

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Filter your diagnostic event categories: The app’s Menu button opens the detailed menu. Filtering options appear when you click on the menu icon. You’ll find a list of diagnostic event categories, which define how the events are used by Microsoft. Selecting a category lets you filter between the diagnostic events. More details about these categories can be found here.

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Provide diagnostic event feedback: The Feedback icon opens the Feedback Hub app, letting you provide feedback about the Diagnostic Data Viewer and the diagnostic events.

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Delete diagnostic data: It will also be possible to delete the diagnostic data manually.

Enabling the Diagnostic Data Viewer in Windows 10 Build 1803

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;0 = Disable (off) ;1 = Enable (on) [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics\DiagTrack\EventTranscriptKey] "EnableEventTranscript"=dword:00000001

Enabling the feature require up to 1 Gigabyte of your storage space.

What does Microsoft Report includes?

The data are presented in JSON format, which is right now in an unformatted document available which might changes over the time to a more readable format (who knows?).

App only optional via download

It should be noted that Microsoft not integrate the app by default into the final Products, there are no plans to make the integration a default, you can download the app via Store and enable its function manually, Insider tester get the app automatically but “final” need to manually install the app.

Final words

If Microsoft wants trust and confidence restored, they should allow opting-out completely in my opinion so that no one can make a complaint anymore, not the users or organizations like EFF.

Or if Microsoft not wants it, the data should be readable for everyone and not in a cryptic format which only a handful people are able to understand. The documentation needs to be changed account.microsoft.com/privacy/ to cover the new changes and options.

I think there is still some work to do but I like that Microsoft going a step forward into the right direction.

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