Breaking: A Comprehensive Guide on how to Turn Off Intrusive Advertisements in Windows 10 and 11

Microsoft, a name synonymous with computing, has woven its most recent versions of popular operating systems – Windows 10 and Windows 11 – with built-in advertisements. However, these features, while innovative, have proven to be irksome for many users.

Thankfully, Microsoft provides an array of adjustments within the system settings to help users disable these ads effectively and securely, without the need for third-party tools that may infringe upon privacy.

Eliminating Suggestions in the Start Menu

In Windows 10, to clear the Start menu of suggestions, users can make a simple navigation to Settings – Personalization. Here, by unchecking the option to show suggestions occasionally, they can ensure a cleaner and distraction-free Start menu. Windows 11 has a similar feature termed as ‘Display recommendations’. Disabling this feature can effectively cease tips and app suggestions, aiding in a smoother user experience.

Lock Screen and Notifications

The lock screen, in both Windows 10 and 11, can also serve as a source of unwelcome text. However, by selecting a picture background and switching off tips and facts in the Personalization settings, users can maintain a clutter-free lock screen. Notifications, often promoting the use of Microsoft Edge or encouraging users to join Microsoft Rewards, can be disabled by toggling off tips and suggestions in the Notifications settings. Additionally, disabling the Windows welcome experience after updates can further reduce these prompts.

Preventing Ads from Pre-installed Software

Unsolicited ads may also stem from software installed by the computer’s manufacturer. However, by removing these apps from the notifications sender list, users can effectively halt these interruptions. The Settings app itself may suggest Microsoft apps, but users can disable this feature in the Privacy settings under General by turning off suggested content.

File Explorer and Personalized Ads

Microsoft’s File Explorer has also been leveraged to promote products like OneDrive and Office 365 through ads. Users can disable these by unchecking the ‘Show sync provider notifications’ in the View options. Furthermore, to prevent apps from using an advertising ID to deliver personalized ads, users can opt out of this feature in the Privacy settings under General in both Windows 10 and 11.

By making these adjustments, users can significantly diminish or even eliminate the intrusive advertisements within these operating systems, ensuring a more streamlined and focused computing experience.

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