What is Device Census?

Hello,

I opened Task Manager one day, and I noticed two never-before-seen executables running, under the name "Device Census." They disappeared before I could click on them. Is this how Microsoft counts Windows 10 users or is it something else? This isn't really a "need to know" question, just curious.

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Last updated September 12, 2019 Views 79,739 Applies to:
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In order to target builds to your machine, we need to know a few important things:

- OS type (home, pro, enterprise, etc.)

- region

- language

- x86 or x64

- selected Insider ring

- (etc)

This is the background process that runs to check your machine and tell us which build we should send to you.  :)

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