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How to Disable Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen

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If you’re like me, you might have opened up your Windows 10 laptop today only to see a giant ad for Square Enix’s Rise of the Tomb Raider plastered across your login screen. This is the work of the “Windows Spotlight” feature in your Personalization settings, and thankfully, you can turn it off for good.

Side note: Even if you’re a Tomb Raider fan, you probably shouldn’t buy it from the Windows Store as your lock screen would suggest.

To remove Windows 10’s lock screen ads, click on your Start menu, and open up the Settings app:

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From here, choose the Personalization setting, and then navigate to the Lock Screen tab.

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Once this is open, find the field that reads “Windows Spotlight”, and click on the box. You can switch this to display either a “Picture” or a “Slideshow”, depending on your personal preference.

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This will disable Microsoft from automatically pushing ads to your login screen without your permission.

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Lastly, once you’ve selected the new style of login screen, be sure to un-check the option for “Get fun facts, tips, tricks, and more on your lock screen”.

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This guarantees you won’t have to deal with unexpected sales pitches for Tomb Raider (or any other app, for that matter) the next time you try to log in.

Bonus Tip: If the ads don’t annoy you and you just want to see content that’s more tailored to your interests instead, you can tell Microsoft what’s relevant by clicking the icon in the top-right corner of your lock screen:

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From here a menu will drop down, where you can choose from the two options “I want more!” and “Not a fan.”. The former will give you more content related to that specific kind of ad, while the latter will change it to a different picture the next time you log in, as well as preventing similar content from appearing in the future.

Chris Stobing is a writer and blogger from the heart of Silicon Valley. Raised around tech from birth, he's had an interest in PC hardware and networking technology for years, and has come to How-To Geek to contribute his knowledge on both. You can follow him on Twitter here.

  • Published 02/23/16

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