How To: Disable User Tracking/Spying In Windows XP To Improve Performance
Windows XP has a User Tracking feature which keeps track of every activity of users and this data is available to the admin for use. This data is totally useless for normal users and hence it is always recommended to disable this service in Windows XP.My recent documents menu is used by this feature also as the most recent documents are moved to top and not used documents are made to hide. Very few users attempt to use this information.
Method 1:By Registry Editor
The user tracking can be disabled in Windows XP by a simple registry tweak:
- Launch the Windows XP Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
- Navigate to the registry subkey:
- Look for an entry on the right side for NoInstrumentation. If it doesn’t exist, you will need to create it.
- Right-click on the blank area in the right pane and click on “New > DWORD Value” to create a new DWORD value with the name “NoInstrumentation“.
- Right-click the NoInstrumentation entry and click Modify.
- To disable user tracking set the Value data to 1.
- Set the Value data to 0 to enable user tracking.
- Close the Registry Editor and restart Windows.
Method 2: By Group Policy Editor
You can turn off user tracking feature in Windows XP Professional ,by going to Start -> Run and typing “gpedit.msc” and pressing enter. Once in, navigate to User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Start Menu and Taskbar. Here you should see a setting for “Turn Off USer Tracking”. Double-click it, enable it, and save your changes.(Group Policy Editor is not available in Windows XP Home edition)
Download, extract, and double-click on DisableUserTracking.reg to merge the registry values into the Windows registry to disable the User Tracking feature in Windows XP.
Warning: Modifying the Windows registry can cause serious damage to your Windows Operating System.It is better to backup your Windows registry data before making any changes. Tomstricks.com is not responsible for any changes you may make to your system.