The complete guide to turning off all the ads from Windows 10

Do you see ads on the Windows 10 Lock Screen, in the Start Menu, or even in File Explorer? Are you growing tired of ads in your operating system? Do you want to have an ad-free experience in Windows 10? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have opened the best tutorial for your needs. We'll show you how to turn off completely all the ads that Microsoft bluntly sends our way in Windows 10. Read on to see how to make your PC ad-free:

1. Disable the ads from the Start Menu

Unless you decide to do something about it, Microsoft has the annoying habit of showing so-called "promoted apps" on your Windows 10 Start Menu. You've probably already seen them - they look like in the picture below.

If you want to get rid of them, all you have to do is follow a few instructions, detailed in this guide: How to remove and disable promoted apps from Windows 10, in two steps.

In short, you'll have to open the Settings app, go to Personalization -> Start, and then disable the switch for "Occasionally show suggestions in Start."

Once you do that, Windows 10 should stop displaying ads on your Start Menu.

2. Disable the ads from File Explorer

In Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft started showing ads even in File Explorer, which is something that took us all by surprise. Nobody expected to see ads in the good old file manager from Windows, and we never thought this would happen.

However, it looks like Microsoft likes to stretch our nerves. :) If you've upgraded your Windows 10 PC to Creators Update, you might have met these ads from File Explorer:

Luckily, you can disable the ads from File Explorer. To do so, launch File Explorer, open the View tab from its ribbon, and then click or tap the Options button. It is the last one to the right.

A window called Folder Options is opened. Click or tap the View tab.

Scroll down the "Advanced settings" list, until you find a setting called "Show sync provider notifications." This setting is what controls the ads displayed in File Explorer. To get rid of ads, uncheck this setting.

Click or tap Apply or OK to save the changes that you've made. From now on, there shouldn't be any ads displayed in File Explorer.

3. Disable the ads from the Lock Screen

Another place that Microsoft thought would be a good billboard for its ads is your Lock Screen. You probably saw things like these:

Although the ads on your Lock Screen are not as invasive or annoying as the ones displayed in the Start Menu or File Explorer, they can still bother you. If you want to disable these advertisements, open the Settings app. Then, go to Personalization -> Lock screen.

On the right side of the app window, scroll down until you find an option which says that you can "Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen." By default, it's turned On. Set this switch to Off.

From now on, your Lock Screen will be free of ads.


Now you know how to get rid of all those pesky ads that Microsoft displays in unexpected places from Windows 10. Turning ads off will make Windows 10 a friendlier operating system like it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft won't let go of advertisements, even if you have already paid for their operating system. What do you think about this tactic? How much time did it take you to disable all the ads? Did you wait for a while, or did you disable them as soon as you installed Windows 10?