Windows 10 has a lot of built-in advertising. It’s not just the free update offer: Even if you buy a new PC that comes with a Windows 10 license or spend $ 200 for a copy of Windows 10 Pro, you will see ads in your operating system. However, you can turn off a lot of it.
Disable ads on the lock screen
Windows 10 now displays ads on the lock screen through Windows Spotlight. Sometimes Windows Spotlight will only show cool wallpapers, but it will also sneak up ads for games like Rise of the Tomb Raider and Quantum Break in the Windows Store.
AT get rid of those ads on lock screen, go to Settings> Personalization> Lock screen and set the background to “Picture” or “Slideshow” instead of Windows Spotlight.
You’ll probably also want to turn off the “Get fun info, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen” option here, too.
Stop suggested apps from appearing in the Start menu
Windows 10 will sometimes display “suggested apps” in your Start menu. The suggested apps aren’t necessarily free, and we’ve seen Microsoft use this feature to promote $ 60 PC games from the Windows Store (which, by the way, you shouldn’t buy). Most importantly, they just take up precious space in your Start menu.
AT prevent suggested apps from appearing in the Start menu, go to Settings> Personalization> Start and change the “Show suggestions occasionally in Start” setting to “No”.
Remove pop-ups from the taskbar
Windows 10 screens pop-up ads in the taskbar, which Microsoft calls “tips, tricks and suggestions”. These tips include recommendations for using Microsoft Edge for better battery life and an encouragement to use Microsoft Edge so you can earn. Microsoft Rewards points.
If you just want to use your own favorite apps without Microsoft harassing you, you’ll need to turn off these tips. To do this, go to Settings> System> Notifications & actions and turn off the option “Get tips, tricks and suggestions when using Windows”.
Prevent notification ads from appearing
In the creators update, Microsoft has added new “suggestions” that appear as notifications. These advertisements inform you about various features of Windows and appear as normal desktop notifications. For example, you might see a notification asking you to configure Cortana. Like other notifications, they are also stored in the Action center so you can see them later.
To turn off these “suggestions” which appear as notifications, go to Settings> System> Notifications and set “Show me Windows welcome experience after updates and sometimes when I sign in to highlight them. news and suggestions “to” Disabled “.
Stop Cortana from bouncing on the taskbar
Cortana doesn’t just sit on your taskbar and wait for you to start talking to her. Cortana will regularly bounce in place, encouraging you to try using it.
If you don’t want Cortana to harass you, click on the Cortana search bar, click on the Settings icon, scroll down and turn off the “Taskbar Tidbits” option under “Let Cortana Ride Time. in time with thoughts, greetings, and notifications in the search box. ”From there, Cortana will sit quietly until you want to use it.
If you don’t want Cortana to work at all, you can choose to disable Cortana with a registry or group policy setting. Microsoft has removed the old easy toggle that lets you turn off Cortana with the Anniversary Update, but the Registry and Group Policy tips still work.
Remove Ads from File Explorer
From the Creators update, Microsoft is now showing ads pushing OneDrive and Office 365 with a banner at the top of the File Explorer window. These banners can be disabled in the File Explorer options window.
To turn off these options, open the File Explorer options window by clicking the “View” tab at the top of a File Explorer window and clicking the “Options” button on the ribbon. Click on the “View” tab at the top of the Folder Options window that appears, scroll through the list of advanced settings and uncheck the “Show notifications from synchronization provider” option.
Ban “Get Office” notifications
Windows 10 includes a “Get Office” app located there, providing notifications suggesting you download Office 365 and enjoy a one month free trial.
AT stop these Get Office notifications, head to Settings> System> Notifications & Actions, scroll down and set the notifications for the “Get Office” app to “Off”. You can also just find the Get Office app in your Start menu, right-click on it and select “Uninstall.” However, it may come back when you update Windows 10 in the future.
Uninstall Candy Crush Saga and other automatically installed apps
Windows 10 “automatically downloads” apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard, Twitter, and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition when you log in for the first time. PC makers can also add their own apps and live tiles that appear to be installed by default.
These applications are installed as part of “Microsoft Consumer Experience”. There was a Group Policy setting to disable this, but it was removed from the consumer versions of Windows 10 in the Anniversary Update. Only Windows 10 Enterprise users, not even Windows 10 Professional users, can turn off this option.
However, you can remove these apps and tiles. To do this, simply open your Start menu, find the apps you don’t want to use, right-click on them and select “Uninstall”. Apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga and FarmVille 2: Country Escape will appear as tiles by default, but you can also find them in the All Apps list.
Some apps just receive a thumbnail but haven’t downloaded yet. To remove these thumbnails, just right click on the thumbnail and select “Detach from Start”. You won’t see an “Uninstall” option, as the thumbnails are just links that take you to the Windows Store where you can download the app.
Disable Live Tiles and Unpin Windows Apps
While you can remove apps installed as part of the Microsoft Consumer Experience program, Windows 10 also includes a number of apps that you can’t uninstall that announce to you. For example, Store and Xbox tiles often use the “live tile” feature to advertise apps and games that Microsoft wants you to download.
To turn off live tiles that advertise you, right-click a tile and select More> Turn off dynamic tile. You can also right-click on a thumbnail and select “Detach from Start” to get rid of the thumbnail completely. You can even choose to detach all the tiles and only use the All apps list to launch apps, if you want.
Avoid the built-in solitaire game
Stay away from the game “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” preinstalled on Windows 10. This application does not only contain ads, it contains video ads that are 30 seconds long. You can avoid advertising by paying $ 10 per year. Microsoft’s Minesweeper game is not installed by default, but it also has its own subscription fee of $ 10 per year. These are high prices for games that were free.
Play another free Solitaire game instead. Google now offers a solitaire game. You just need to search for “solitaire” and you can play solitaire ad-free in the Google search results.
We’ve also implemented our own completely free solitaire and minesweeper games on URLs that anyone can access in a desktop browser. We did not place any ads in these games. You can therefore play without advertising:
Remove ads from Windows Ink workspace
the Windows Ink Workspace includes its own “Suggested apps” section that lists stylus-compatible apps available in the Windows Store. You can turn them off and just visit the Windows Store if you want to find more apps that are compatible with the stylus.
Head to Settings> Devices> Pen & Windows Ink and set the option “Show recommended app suggestions” to “No” to get rid of these suggested app ads.
You will only see the “Pen and Windows Ink” section in the Settings app if your PC supports pen input.
Hide app suggestions in the share pane
Windows 10 Creators Update added a new sharing pane to File Explorer. Click the “Share” tab on the ribbon and click the “Share” button to open it and share a file with an installed application.
By default, this dialog box not only lists your installed apps, it also shows “suggested” apps that Windows wants you to install from the Store. To hide these suggested apps, right-click in the Share dialog box and uncheck “Show app suggestions”.
Expect to see Microsoft add more advertising to Windows 10 in future major updates. Windows 10 Anniversary Update changed more of the default Start menu tiles to “sponsored tiles”, for example.