On Tue, 5 Aug 2008 16:14:20 -0700, "Steve Turner"
> "Frenchy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > Steve Turner wrote:
> >> A prompt keeps coming up asking me to join a routine that collects
> >> information from my machine and sends it to Microsoft. I do not like
> >> letting Windows call home unnecessarily. They don't need my input; they
> >> seem to be doing a good enough job without it. How do I turn this feature
> >> off?
> > Get a good firewall and when prompted say no to whatever outbound
> > application wants to phone home.
> > This free one does a great job (i.e. better than the Vista one)
> > http://www.sphinx-soft.com/Vista/index.html
> > Go to the download page and grab your version (32 or 64 Bit). A
> > reasonable learning curve with all firewalls, so be prepared to get a
> > bunch of prompts until it is settled down and has learnt what you want and
> > don't. You can manually add programs to be blocked.
> > Frenchy
> Merci. So I install that and disable the Windows Firewall? Or do I keep it
You should run *either* the Windows firewall or a third-party
firewall, not both. With two firewalls you achieve no extra
protection, you incur the extra overhead of running two firewalls, and
you run the risk (probably small, but not zero) of conflicts between
I disagree with Frenchy, by the way, and recommend that you run the
Windows firewall, not the third-party one he recommends nor any other
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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