How to Enable or Disable Collect Activity History in Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 still collects activity data even when tracking is disabled., but there is a new workaround way to block it. 🙂

Starting with Windows 10 build 17040, Microsoft added settings that let you to view and manage your activity history, which Cortana uses to let you pick up where you left off. Your collected activity history allows you to jump back into what you were doing with apps, docs, or other activities, either on your PC or your phone. To resume your activities, Windows needs to collect your PC activity.

If you like, you can enable or disable letting Windows collect User Activities.

If enabled, Let Windows collect my activities will be turned on for all users, but users will still be able to turn this setting on or off for their account.
If disabled, Let Windows collect my activities will be turned off for all users, and users will not be able to turn this setting on or off for their account.

To enable or disable Activity history settings to let Windows collect User Activities for all users in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable online tips and help for the Settings app
Timeline requires the Windows Search service to be enabled, running, and set to Automatic (Delayed Start).

 

Enable or Disable Collect Activity History in Local Group Policy Editor

Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option TWO below.

1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\OS Policies
 In the right pane of OS Policies in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Allow publishing of User Activities policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

 5. To Enable Collect Activity History – Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled​ (recommended), click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.
 6. To Disable Collect Activity History – Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK

Enable or Disable Collect Activity History using a REG file (Workaround) 🙂

The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
PublishUserActivities DWORD
0 = Disable
1 = Enable
To Enable Collect Activity History
Download : Enable_Activity_history.reg
To Disable Collect Activity History
Download : Disable_Activity_history.reg
  •  Save the .reg file to your desktop.
  • Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
  • When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
  • Sign out and sign in to apply.