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Microsoft sneaks telemetry into Windows 7 security updates

July 12, 2019

This month’s hotch-potch of patches has a surprise payload that has people raising their eyebrows and tutting as a precursor to potential moral outrage.

The supposed ‘security’ patches also include something that really shouldn’t be in a roll-up of security patches – it’s added some telemetry for Windows 7 users.

It’s called ‘Compatibility Appraiser’ and has a code of KB2952664. It’s designed for checking if your system is capable of updating to Windows 7.

That’s fair enough, we guess, but there are two issues at play here.

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