How To Disable Ads in Windows 10 (All Of Them)

In the past, we covered how to disable various types of ads in Windows 10. Today, I would like to offer you a summarized overview. After reading it, you will be able to disable all kind of ads in Windows 10 without using third party tools.


Here is the list of advertisements which the most recent version of Microsoft's operating system comes with. Let's see how to disable all ads in Windows 10.

Disable ads on the Lock screen

When the Spotlight feature is enabled, it may promote third party apps and products from the Store. While spotlight is supposed to download and cycle through beautiful images, this behavior can be unwanted. Here is how you can disable the promoted advertisements on the Lock screen.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to the following page:
    Personalization \ Lock Screen

  3. Under the Background option, you can either disable Windows Spotlight by selecting some other option like a "Picture" or a "Slideshow". This will disable Windows Spotlight and its ads completely: Windows 10 lock screen options
  4. When the Lock screen background is set to Picture, you also need to switch off the option called "Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen": Windows 10 disable lockscreen ads Windows 10 lock screen ads disabled

Disable automatically installing suggested apps

With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 started to aggressively promote apps right inside the Start menu. Without the user even opening the Store, or asking for his or her permission, the operating system installs some apps like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Minecraft: Windows 10 edition, Flipboard, Twitter and many other apps.

To prevent Windows 10 from installing them, apply the following Registry tweak:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager]
"SilentInstalledAppsEnabled"=dword:00000000

To learn about this tweak in detail, refer to the article: A tweak to turn off automatically installing suggested apps in Windows 10

Disable Ink app suggestions

With Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has added a new feature to show suggestions about Ink and Pen apps. The operating system will show you recommendations about Pen and Ink apps compatible with the Ink hardware connected to your PC. The appropriate option was added to the operating system to show or hide them. If you need to disable Ink app suggestions in Windows 10, go to System -> Devices ->Pen & Windows Ink and disable the option "Show recommended app suggestions" in the right pane.
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See the following article: How to disable Ink app suggestions in Windows 10

Disable ads in File Explorer

With Windows 10 build 14901, Microsoft has introduced a new feature in File Explorer. Now the application is able to show tips about changes in Windows 10 via a notification which appears directly on top of the app. The feature is called Sync Provider Notifications. It produces notifications as shown in the screenshot below:
File Explorer 14901

To disable ads in File Explorer in Windows 10 (Sync Provider Notifications), do the following.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to the View tab of the Ribbon and click the "Options" button. Windows 10 File Explorer options button
  3. The Folder Options dialog will be opened. Go to the View tab there: Windows 10 folder options dialog
  4. Scroll down the Advanced settings list until you see the option "Show sync provider notifications". Untick it as shown below to disable notifications: Windows 10 disable File Explorer notifications

Alternatively, you can apply a Registry tweak as shown in the article: Disable Notifications in File Explorer in Windows 10 (Sync Provider Notifications).

Disable app suggestions (ads) in the Start menu

Windows 10 might show you "recommendations" to install or buy apps right inside the Start menu. They look like in-your-face advertising of an app or a promotional tile, appearing on the left side list of apps. Some of these apps may not be free but they are still shown. If you are not happy to see them, here is how you can disable the suggested apps.

Here is how those ads look like:
Windows 10 start menu suggestions
To disable this kind of ads in Windows 10, please refer to the article Disable app suggestions (ads) in Windows 10 Start Menu.

Disable Ads in the Share pane

As you may already know, a new Share UI is implemented in Windows 10 Creators Update. It is available in the operating system starting with build 14971. It is known that besides installed apps, the new Share flyout shows promotions from other apps in the Store. Here is how it looks:
Share Pane

If you are not happy to see them, right-click inside the Share pane on any of the suggested app icons. A small context menu will appear:Disable Suggested Apps In Share Pane In Windows 10

There, untick the item "Show app suggestions". This will disable suggested apps in the Share pane. See the following article: Disable Suggested Apps in Share Pane in Windows 10

Disable tips, tricks, and suggestions

Windows 10 can display suggestions, tips or tricks directly on the Desktop. They look like regular notification toasts. See the following screenshot:
edge-taskbar-ads

To disable these tips, do the following.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to System - Notifications & actions.Notifications And Actions
  3. On the right, disable the option "Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows".Disable Tips And Tricks

Also, see the article Disable tips about Windows 10.

Disable Welcome Experience

Windows 10 Welcome Page

If you are not happy to see it or if you wish to deploy Windows 10 on hundreds or thousands of PCs without seeing the Welcome page, is possible to disable it in Windows 10. Once you disable it, you won't see the Welcome Experience any more.

Open Settings and go to System - Notifications & actions.Windows 10 Creators Update Settings 15019

System Notifications And Actions 15019

Under the Notifications section, turn off the option "Show me the Windows welcome experience after updates and occasionally when I sign in to highlight what's new and suggested". Windows 10 Disable Welcome Page

See the article Disable Welcome Page in Windows 10 (Welcome Experience)

Uninstall suggested apps which can show ads

The list of apps which can show ads include

  • Age of Empires: Castle Siege
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne
  • Candy Crush Soda Saga
  • FarmVille2: Country Escape
  • Flipboard
  • Minecraft: Windows 10 edition
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • Twitter
  • World of Tanks: Blitz
  • Get office

Depending your region, these apps may vary.

Go to Settings - Apps - Apps & Features.Settings Apps Apps And Features

Select the app you want to uninstall in the list on the right and click the "Uninstall" button.Settings Apps Uninstall An App

That's it.

11 thoughts on “How To Disable Ads in Windows 10 (All Of Them)

  1. cents

    is there a registry file complied with all these?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Hmm, OK, I will do it.
      Note: Some “ads” like Share pane app suggestions cannot be disabled with a Reg tweak.

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  2. JeniSkunk

    Considering Windows 10 is ONE HUGE AD to allow Microsoft to data mine and sell YOU to interested parties, the BEST way to stop this is uninstall Windows 10 and install Linux.

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    1. Anonymouz

      Hmm, i will use linux if most apps that useful can run in linux

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      1. Anonymouz

        And games too

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  3. Philipp

    Shouldn’t the SilentInstalledAppsEnabled value be 0?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It should be zero, definitely. It is a typo. Thank you!

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  4. Joe Bean

    Sergey,

    Thanks for all the good work you do. If you make a registry file, maybe you could post an article containing the link to the registry file + the manual instructions that remains after?

    Each new feature update, an idea would be to have a list of 3 types of things to change:
    1) settings that reverted to a previous default value you probably don’t want if you set it differently
    2) settings you probably should change if you value your privacy above the rest and don’t care about the new apps, but just want an efficient traditional desktop
    3) settings you probably should change for security, again if you value that more than the added bloated features that Microsoft is trying to sell you to profit from you.

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  5. Ahmed Saleh

    Thank you , good job

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  6. Cassandra

    Thanks for all the great work.

    I am using Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB, and I have no crap like in Win 10 pro.
    I don’t care about the bells and whistles like Cortana, X-box, One Drive, Edge, and others.

    “multilanguages”
    I deleted from it plenty of useless files, links, and crap i volumes and PC stopped giving me BSOD.

    what I am looking is a software so I can watch in English for free TV from all around the world similar to Delta player.
    https://www.deltamediaplayer.com/playercode/download/DeltaMediaPlayer-1.15.exe
    Any idea?

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  7. Scott D

    Thank for the information. But man, Windows is getting to be a pain to use.

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