Post Revised- 8-18-2010…
Microsoft will let any of their customers who run Windows 7 opt out of their Customer Experience Improvement Program quite simply and easily by making the above declaration whereby they promise never to use the data that they continue to systematically harvested from your computer even after you opt out.
Initially I was under the impression that if you go into the Win 7 Task Scheduler and disable Microsoft’s ability to collect your computer’s data which they promise never to use that Microsoft in turn disables Windows Media Center so that it will no longer play video because as soon as I went back in and enabled these 3 CEIP Data Collection Tasks then Windows Media Center was immediately back to order just after the same reboot that enabled the CEIP Data Collection Tasks.
[b]I later discovered that this was just a coincidence and that the reason WMC was not playing video was that Comodo Defense+ was simultaneously displaying a pop-up asking a permission for Windows\ehome\ehome.exe that could not be seen on the desktop while WMC was open.
The solution I found was to give Windows\ehome\ehome.exe Trusted Application status in D+ and now WMC opens and plays video normally even with all 5 CEIP data collection tasks disabled so I apologize for my assuming MS was at fault when it turns out it was a permission that Comodo v3.14 x64 Defense+ was asking that was causing the problem just a day after it over security responsibilities on my computer by replacing Comodo v4.1 x64 and all new rules were being written.[/b]
I have those services disabled and Windows media center plays videos with no problem…Media player also works… I’m running Win 7 Home Premium 32 bit…
Bonk- I am now thinking that Media Center beginning to not run just after I disabled the CEIP data collection tasks in the Task Scheduler was a very well timed coincidence because 24 hours after re-enabling them Media Center again refused to function. After noticing that I got a Comodo pop-up for Windows\ehome\eshell.exe after each incidence when WMC failed to play a video so I gave the .exe Trusted Application status in Defense+ and I haven’t had the problem since even after going in to task scheduler and disabling all 5 CEIP data collection tasks.
I also play hardball too!!
I download “windows 7 manager”
click on “try it”
click on “optimizer”
click on “task scheduler”
(For this part below, I don’t trust Microsoft whether it says disabled or not, so deleting is in order
Delete (not disable) everything under “customer experience improvement program” and under “Application experience”
Then click on “optimize task” (On the top left side). Decide which ones you want disabled
Then decide which else you want to actually delete. It your own preference, so what you want on that <----hovering the mouse over the file in question will give you more details about that item. You may have to move the mouse slighty because it doesn’t always show it
Thanks for the suggestion to delete and not just disable these tasks. I just may do that a few days from now when I’m positive there have been no negative repercussions.
A new Task has been added to Task Scheduler since I disabled the original 7 CEIP Data collection tasks and this one is in a new folder entitled WPD and the new daily Task is titled SqmUpload and Windows will not allow its being disabled or deleted! Now that’s playing Hard Ball although I was able to stop it from running manually the last time it tried to run. I had a feeling that there had to be some kind of retribution like this and Data Collection would be enforced, but I’ll be waiting for it to run at its next scheduled 12:49:21 pm run and continue my battle for privacy.
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Hi Maxx.I just checked and the WPD folder was there but no task was scheduled…I deleted the folder and will see what happens.I have a good image to restore if things get out of hand…lol
Bonk- I hope that your preemptive deletion of the WPD the file will prevent the creation of the SqmUpload task, but please let us know if you ever see the file return. The task has been queued for the day and is scheduled to run tomorrow at 12:56:10 pm on my computer I’ll let you know if I can catch it again. You do have Win 7… right?
Hello Maxx…I deleted the WPD folder… it reinstalls itself but doesn’t haven’t any tasks running (see screen shot… if I post it right…lol)…Running Win 7 32 bit…
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For some reason the SqmUpload Task that is scheduled in the WPD folder does not run as it claims it will. It schedules the task for the next day, but it does not run.