One of the controversies that has been revolving around Windows 10 since its launch is that of the large amount of undercover advertising what includes. Usually they camouflage it among useful suggestions, recommending you to use this or that Microsoft application instead of the one you have installed, but there are also times when it is a little more aggressive.
Therefore, today we bring you a series of tips so that remove all signs of advertising from Windows 10. Advertising wallpapers when you log in, suggestions for you to install applications or recommendations to give Office a chance, whatever type of “advertising” you want to remove, here’s how.
WINDOWS 10: 9 VERY USEFUL and LITTLE KNOWN TRICKS
Goodbye to lock screen advertising
The lock screen is one of the most curious places where Microsoft has decided to place advertising on Windows 10. Microsoft promises to offer helpful advice and curious facts on this screen, but it is also possible that you will see the occasional ad in the form of a wallpaper. Come on, they are not trifling.
To disable this advertising you just have to go to the menu Setting Windows 10 and enter the option Personalization. Once there click on Lock screen and look to disable the option that says Show Windows 10 and Cortana fun facts, tips and more on the lock screen.
Goodbye to suggested apps in the start menu
Have you ever noticed that when you open the start menu occasionally applications appear that you do not have installed? Yes, it is one of the most controversial advertising inserts in Windows 10, and in recent months, specifically after the Anniversary Update, the appearance of this type of suggestion has multiplied.
But this time disabling these types of ads is doubly easyWell, there are two ways to proceed. The first is the simplest, and is to right click on one of these suggestions when it appears. In the pop-up menu you should see the option to deactivate a specific one or deactivate all of them.
On the other hand you can also pull the settings menu. In fact you will have to re-enter the option Personalization, and within it to the start. Several deactivatable options will appear, among which is the Show suggestions occasionally at startup.
Goodbye to pop-up tips
From time to time Windows 10 also pulls out little ads and app recommendations in the form of popups. They tend to appear in the lower-right part of the screen, and they often recommend using Skype to communicate or giving Microsoft Edge a chance to navigate faster.
To deactivate them go to Setting, System and look for the section of Notifications and actions. There you can deactivate the option Get tips, tricks, and tips while using Windows so that Windows lets you calmly use the applications you want without bothering you anymore.
By the way, another of the recurring pop-ups is usually the one that suggest you get Office offering you suggestive discounts. This ad goes separately, and from the same menu of Notifications and actions you will have to locate in the list of applications the Get Office and make sure to disable it.
Goodbye to occasional Cortana suggestions
Cortana is undoubtedly one of the main elements of Windows 10, a virtual assistant that has nothing to envy those of the competition. But there is a problem, that he is not satisfied with waiting for you to ask him a question and from time to time he throws you a pop-up message to make you a recommendation.
If this seems annoying, calm down, because you can also disable it. All you have to do is hit the Cortana button to make it appear, and click on the settings icon in its sidebar. Once there, scroll until you reach the option Taskbar Tips and deactivate it. That’s it, Cortana will stop showing up occasionally to give you tips, tricks
Goodbye to dynamic icons
The dynamic icons are an interesting advance to give a little more life to the Windows 10 start menu. Not only do they show the icon of the application itself, but they also rotate to offer you information about it. Although in the case of the Xbox app or the Windows application store, they also suggest games and applications that you do not have.
Unfortunately, in these cases there are no settings we can fall back on to exclude these ads, and all we can do is disable the dynamic icon for that app that bothers us. For example, in the store, if you have it in the start menu, right click on it, click on More and choose the option Disable the dynamic icon.
Goodbye to app store tracking
And since we are doing cleaning, you may want to go a little further and defend your privacy. Microsoft assigns you a unique advertising ID to be able to track all your movements through the application store and thus be more effective when it comes to making suggestions and sending you personalized advertising.
Option can be explicitly removed during the installation process of the operating system, but if you have missed it, it will be activated by default. In any case, that does not mean that you can deactivate it later. To do this, just go to the configuration menu and enter the option Privacy. In the category general, the first option that will appear to deactivate is precisely the one to allow the creation of the unique ID.
Microsoft also has a system for track what you do with your browser by default and serve you personalized advertising. To deactivate it you will have to go to the web https://choice.microsoft.com/en-us/opt-out, and once there, on the right, deactivate the option Personalized ads in this browser. Be careful because this option is not exclusive for Edge, but for the browser you use, be it Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Vivaldi.
And now, goodbye to pre-installed apps
Microsoft has included in Windows 10 a repertoire of pre-installed applications like Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard, Twitter or Minecraft. In addition, manufacturers can also bring their own pre-installed applications to the operating system. Therefore, since we have invested a while in cleaning our advertising computer, you may want to take advantage of it to get rid of those that you do not use.
It’s as easy as looking for them in the start menu list, right-clicking on them and give the uninstall option. And be careful because in addition to the applications themselves you will also have direct access to them such as Get Office or others to test apps like Skype. These kinds of shortcuts are especially annoying.
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