What this feature does Driver Protection helps prevent the operating system from starting drivers that are known to cause stability problems. These drivers are listed in a Driver Protection List database that is stored on your computer. Driver Protection checks this database while the operating system is running. These checks are performed to determine whether to start a driver. For more information, see the Driver Protection List article online at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=73914.
Information collected, processed or transmitted Updated versions of required drivers are downloaded to your computer if you've enabled Windows Update. To learn more about the information collected by Windows Update and how it is used, see the Windows Update Privacy Statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=50142. Administrators can also distribute updated versions of required drivers to computers on a network.
Use of information Windows notifies you if a driver that is listed in the Driver Protection List starts. If you click the notification, Windows will ask if you want to report the problem to Microsoft so you can check for solutions or for more information. If you don't click the notification, Windows will automatically create a report and, depending on your problem reporting settings, ask you to send it later. To view or change your problem reporting settings, or to manually send reports at any time, use the options provided in Problem Reports and Solutions in Control Panel. To learn more about the information collected by Windows error reporting and how it is used, see the Privacy Statement for the Microsoft Error Reporting Service online at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=50293.
If a driver is listed in the Driver Protection List during Windows setup, you will be notified before the operating system finishes installing. You can cancel setup and find an alternate driver solution before installing the operating system, or you can continue the setup process and install an alternate driver later. In this case, Windows might disable the driver in order to complete the installation. After the installation is complete and you log on, the operating system will notify you, as described above.
Choice and control Driver Protection works with Windows Update and, during Windows setup, with Dynamic Update. To prevent Driver Protection from updating the Driver Protection List database on your computer, refrain from using Windows Update and Dynamic Update.
What this feature does Dynamic Update enables Windows Vista to perform a one-time check with the Microsoft Update website to get the latest updates for your computer while your operating system is being installed. If updates are found, Dynamic Update automatically downloads and installs them so your computer is up to date the first time that you log on or use it.
Information collected, processed or transmitted The types of updates Dynamic Update can download to your computer include:
Installation updates: Important updates for installation files to help ensure a successful installation.
In-box driver updates: Important updates for the version of Windows that you are installing.
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool updates: Updates for the latest version of this tool which can help remove malicious software such as viruses and worms if it detects them on your computer.
To install compatible drivers, Dynamic Update works with Windows Update to send information to Microsoft about your computer's hardware.
Use of information Dynamic Update software reports information about your computer's hardware to find compatible drivers. For more information about how information collected by Dynamic Update is used, see the Windows Update Privacy Statement at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=50142.
Choice and control During Windows Vista setup, you can choose to use Dynamic Update.
Ease of Access Center
What this feature does The Ease of Access Center enables you to turn on accessibility options and settings that can help you more easily interact with the computer.
Information collected, processed or transmitted The information collected is a list of impairments or difficulties that will be used to recommend settings on your computer to make it easier for you to use. You can provide this information by selecting the appropriate statements from a series.
These statements include:
On TV, faces, or text are often hard to see clearly.
I am colorblind.
I am blind.
I have an impairment that prevents me from using the keyboard.
I am deaf.
I have a speech impairment.
Use of information This information is used to provide a set of configuration recommendations to you based on the statements that you chose. This information is saved in a non-human-readable format and stored locally on your computer. This information is not sent to Microsoft and is only available to you and to administrators on your computer, not to other users.
Choice and control You can choose which statements you would like to select, and you can alter your choices at any time. You can also choose which recommendations you want to configure on your computer.
What this feature does Computer users, primarily administrators, can use Event Viewer to view and manage event logs. Event logs contain information about hardware and software problems and about security events on your computer. For example, application logs contain event information generated by all users and the programs that they use on the computer. By default, all users can view application log entries; however, administrators can choose to restrict access to Event Viewer logs.
Information collected, processed or transmitted You can access the event logs for your computer by opening Event Viewer. To learn how to open Event Viewer, see Windows Help and Support. To view event details, you can preview the event or view the event properties. A link to more information, called Event Log Online Help, is included both in the Event Properties dialog box and in the Event Preview pane. Unless you have previously consented to sending event information automatically, clicking the link will display a dialog box asking for your consent to send the information listed in the dialog box over the Internet. If you consent, the information is sent to a website to see if more information about the event is available, including solutions to problems that are recorded as an event. For Microsoft events, the event details will be transmitted to the Windows Server TechCenter on the Microsoft TechNet website. For events associated with third-party applications, the information will be transmitted to the site specified by the third-party publisher or manufacturer in their provider manifest. Administrators can use Group Policy to select or change the site to which event information is sent.
Use of information Event information that is collected and sent to Microsoft when you click the Event Log Online Help link is used to locate and then provide you with additional information about the event. Microsoft does not use this information to contact you or identify you. If you send information about events to third-party publishers or manufacturers, use of the information will be subject to the third party's privacy practices.
Choice and control When you click Event Log Online Help, you are asked to confirm that the information presented to you can be sent over the Internet. No event log information will be sent over the Internet unless you consent to send it. Administrators can use Group Policy to select or change the site to which event information is sent.