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Tired of those pesky ads in Windows 10? Turn them off easily

Tired of those pesky ads that seem to be popping up as of late on Windows 10? There's a way to disable them, and here's how

Jeff Williams | Feb 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm CST (0 mins, 48 secs time to read)

Windows Spotlight is a great feature that can actually be useful at times. Showing you some nice artistic photographs on your lockscreen and even suggesting some surprisingly useful apps on your start menu. A recent update seems to have added some annoying ads that go beyond simple suggestions. But thankfully there's a way to turn it off.

Tired of those pesky ads in Windows 10? Turn them off easily | TweakTown.com

In fact, it's very simple. But it also means you won't get a rotating gallery of beautiful photos when you start-up. You might find ads magically appearing about games or even other products that aren't even related to Microsoft. Just follow the below steps and you'll be just fine, sans ads.

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for "Lock Screen Settings."
  2. Under "Background," select either Picture or Slideshow, instead of Windows Spotlight.
  3. Scroll down to "Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen" and this toggle.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:55 pm CDT

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jeff Williams

Jeff grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he fell in love with gaming and building his own PC’s. He's a huge fan of any genre of gaming from RTS to FPS, but especially favors space-sims. Now he's stepped into the adult world by becoming a professional student looking to break into the IT Security world. When he’s not deep in his studies, he’s deep in a new game, revisiting an old game, or testing the extreme limits of his own PC. He's now a news contributor for TweakTown, looking to bring a unique view on technology and gaming.

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