In a perfect world, every new computer with Windows 10 on it—or every new installation of Windows 10—would arrive free of annoying applications and other bloatware that few people need. (Sorry, Candy Crush Saga.) It would also be free of annoying advertising. While that’s not to say that Microsoft is dropping big banners for Coke or something in your OS, it is frustrating to see it shilling for its Edge browser in your Start Menu.
To disable these silly suggestions, pull up your Windows 10 Settings menu. From there, click on Personalization, and then click on the Start option in the left-hand sidebar. Look for the following option and disable it: “Show suggestions occasionally in Start”
And while you’re in the Settings app, click on Lock screen. If you aren’t already using a picture or a slideshow as the background, select that, and then deselect the option to “Get fun facts, tips, and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen.” In other words, you don’t want to get spammed with suggestions or ads.
Finally, head back to the main Settings screen and click on System. From there, click on “Notifications & actions” in the left-hand sidebar. Because Windows can sometimes get a little spammy and/or advertise you Microsoft products via notifications, you’ll want to uncheck “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows” to cut that out of your digital life.