Microsoft has been criticized by privacy advocates in regards to the data hunger of its Windows 10 operating system.
While users may disable some, for instance by using privacy tools (of which there are plenty), others cannot be disabled or stopped that easily, for instance because of hardcoded host and IP address information that bypass the Hosts file of the operating system.
Windows 7 and 8Windows 7 and 8 users have been plagued by "upgrade preparation" updates but left alone otherwise up until recently when it comes to this new level of data collecting.
This changed recently with the release of several updates for both operating systems that step up the game.
Please note that it appears that you can block the hosts listed above using firewalls running on the target PC.
What you can do about it The best way to deal with these updates is to make sure they are not installed.