Policy Editor: Turn off “User Tracking” in Windows 8

Windows tracks various things to give you quick access to your file history or favorite apps, but you can easily disable User Tracking via the policy editor if you don’t want that


What is User Tracking?

The User Tracking policy of Windows tells, that Windows keeps track of the programs user running, the paths they navigates and the documents they open. This in turn helps the Windows to use its sophisticated features such that it helps to keep your favorites listed. If this “User Tracking” is disabled, then Windows won’t list down all those information in the background. If you want to do this, then follow the instructions carefully.

1. Open the Run window by pressing Windows + R key simultaneously. Now, type “gpedit.msc” without quotes in the text area and hit Enter.

Run gpedit

2. Now the Local Group Policy Editor window will appear. Navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar.

Start Menu And Taskbar Menu

There you will find “Turn Off User Tracking” on the right pane of the window. Double click on it or hit Enter after selecting that option to open.

Turn Off User Tracking

3. By default this Not Configured option is checked. Check Enabled and click on OK to apply the change.

Enable Turn Off

Click Ok To Apply

You are done. From now on, Windows will not keep listing all those user information in the background.

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