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For users who haven't signed in with a Microsoft account and given Microsoft access to their computer activity, the Windows 10 task view contains a message right below the currently open applications:

Notably missing: a button for "No, don't ask me again"

Naturally, because this is Windows 10, there's no way to dismiss this nudge except by giving up and letting Microsoft harvest your computer activity for fun and profit. This irritates me immensely.

My question is, can any of you lovely individuals help me make this go away? Is there a registry edit I can make? It's hard to just avoid task view, as I have a 2-in-1 laptop and task view is the easiest way to switch windows in tablet mode, as well as the only way I know to manage multiple desktops.

  • I'm trying to figure this out also, and haven't been able to so far. – shawnwall Aug 28 '19 at 13:07
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On Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can use Group Policy to disable the option to upload activity, and this seems to dismiss the nudge. Here are the steps:

  • Click Start, search for gpedit, and click the top result Group Policy Editor
  • Browse to the path Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\OS Policies
  • Double-click the Allow upload of User Activities policy
  • In the pop-up window, select the Disabled option, then click Apply and OK

The nudge in Task View should then no longer appear.

I found this as part of the instructions in https://pureinfotech.com/disable-timeline-windows-10/.

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    Seems like this is on the right track. Is there any way for me to do this given that I have none of those versions? I just have the bog-standard Windows 10 that came with my new laptop. – Empiromancer Sep 3 '19 at 22:15
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Following on lincb's answer, you can set the registry key corresponding to that group policy at:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"UploadUserActivities"=dword:00000000

That is, at that path in the registry, add the 32-bit DWORD

UploadUserActivities

and set its value to 0.

  • Have you verified this registry key is honored by editions like the author has (Windows 10 Home)? I suspect the key will not be honored but I don’t have a way to verify that fact. – Ramhound Oct 7 '19 at 6:02
  • @Ramhound Sorry, I am not able to check either, but it's worth a shot. For what it's worth, it seems like it will work since it's been covered on some websites. – Harry Gindi Oct 7 '19 at 11:34
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    This registry key works for me on Windows 10 Home (1909). – moneytoo Nov 28 '19 at 22:15

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