Windows 7 Privacy Highlights

Last Updated: February 2011

These highlights of the full Windows 7 Privacy Statement explain at a high level some of the data collection and use practices of Windows 7 and all Windows 7 service packs. They focus on features that communicate with the Internet and are not intended to be an exhaustive description. They do not apply to other online or offline Microsoft sites, products, or services.

Online privacy and security: frequently asked questions

For administrators: Details on managing data in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

Personal information

  • Certain Windows 7 features may ask you for permission to collect or use your personal information. Additional information about these features and how they use your personal information is described in the full Windows 7 Privacy Statement.

  • Some Windows 7 features allow you, with your permission, to share personal information over the Internet.

  • If you choose to register your software, you will be asked to provide personal information.

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Your choices

  • Windows 7 offers you a variety of ways to control how Windows 7 features transfer information over the Internet.

  • Some features that contact the Internet are turned on by default to make Windows 7 work better. You can choose to disable these features. To learn more about these features, see the Windows 7 Privacy Supplement.

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Uses of information

  • We use the information collected to enable the features you are using or provide the services you request. We also use it to improve our products and services. In order to help provide our services, we occasionally provide information to other companies that work on our behalf. Only companies who have a business need to use the information are provided access to them. These companies are required to keep this information confidential and are prohibited from using it for any other purpose.

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Important information

  • Windows 7 requires activation to reduce software piracy and help ensure our customers receive the software quality they expect. Microsoft does not use the information collect by activation to identify or contact you.

  • The full Windows 7 Privacy Statement contains links to supplementary information about specific Windows 7 features.

  • For more information on how to help protect your personal computer, your personal information, and your family online, visit our online safety resources.

How to contact us

For more information about our privacy practices, go to the full Windows 7 Privacy Statement. Or, you can write to us using our web form.