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.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to the following page:
Personalization \ Lock Screen
- 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:
- 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":
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.
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:
To disable ads in File Explorer in Windows 10 (Sync Provider Notifications), do the following.
- Open File Explorer.
- Go to the View tab of the Ribbon and click the "Options" button.
- The Folder Options dialog will be opened. Go to the View tab there:
- Scroll down the Advanced settings list until you see the option "Show sync provider notifications". Untick it as shown below to disable 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:
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:
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:
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:
To disable these tips, do the following.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to System - Notifications & actions.
- On the right, disable the option "Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows".
Also, see the article Disable tips about Windows 10.
Disable Welcome Experience
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.
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
- Minecraft: Windows 10 edition
- World of Tanks: Blitz
- Get office
Depending your region, these apps may vary.
Go to Settings - Apps - Apps & Features.
Select the app you want to uninstall in the list on the right and click the "Uninstall" button.
Ads in Settings
Starting with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, ads appear in the Settings app. Here is how it looks:
To disable them, refer to the following article:
Update. You can save your time and use Winaero Tweaker. Go to Behavior\Ads and Unwanted apps to disable ads and unwanted apps quickly.
You can download Winaero Tweaker here:
Update2. By user request, here is a tweak which disables most of the ads in Windows 10:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager] "SilentInstalledAppsEnabled"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager] "SystemPaneSuggestionsEnabled"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced] "ShowSyncProviderNotifications"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager] "SoftLandingEnabled"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager] "RotatingLockScreenEnabled"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager] "RotatingLockScreenOverlayEnabled"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager] "SubscribedContent-310093Enabled"=dword:00000000
You can download the ready-to-use Registry tweak from here:
The tweak will disable the following:
- Promoted apps.
- Start menu suggestions.
- Ads in File Explorer
- Tips about Windows.
- Windows Spotlight and ads on the Lock screen.
- Welcome Experience