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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

By: Jeff Williams from Feb 24, 2016 @ 12:00 CST

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.


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.

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