How to Prevent Ads Showing on the Windows 10 Lock Screen

Joel Lee 29-02-2016

Some people have been logging into Windows 10 only to find that Microsoft is now pushing advertisements through the lock screen Facebook Makes Us Angry, Windows 10 Users Hit With Ads... [Tech News Digest] Facebook makes everybody emotional, ads appear on the Windows 10 lock screen, Apple wants to make the iPhone impossible to hack, Siri is coming to Mac, and bullying robots looks like fun. Read More . Is this happening to you? Rest assured that you aren’t the only one, and there is a way to disable this nonsense.


All you have to do is disable the Windows Spotlight feature.


Open the Start Menu, type in lock, and select the Lock Screen Settings option. This is the quick way to navigate where you need to be instead of trudging through System Settings and dozens of mouse clicks.

In the Lock Screen Settings window Under the Hood: 6 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Can Unlock Windows 10 is full of secrets and surprises. Some new features are just not very well known, yet. Here are six tips for customizing your Windows 10 experience. Read More , look for the setting labelled Background. Change it from Windows Spotlight to either Picture (static wallpaper image of your choice) or Slideshow (many wallpaper images that rotate). That’s it.

You may also want to disable the setting labelled “Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen” in case that ends up being another avenue for advertisements How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop Windows 10 may be crossing a line with desktop ads and NSFW content. Microsoft and third-party developers can push promotional material directly onto your desktop. We show you how you can defend yourself. Read More . (It probably won’t.) I have it disabled just because I find the tips annoying.


Have you been seeing ads on your lock screen lately? What were the ads for? Did this solve the issue? Let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Online Advertising, Windows 10.

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