In Windows 11, you may encounter ads from Microsoft in several places. The ads in Windows 11 are displayed by Microsoft to promote Microsoft products.
For example, you may encounter ads from Microsoft in Windows 11 in the following places. In the Windows 11 settings, in File Explorer, on the login screen, and in the Start menu.
These ads are often suggestions to make it easier for the user to work with Windows 11. For example, Microsoft services and apps are promoted through notifications. These are not third-party ads but only Microsoft products and services.
This article tells you how to disable the suggestions and ads in Windows 11 in different parts.
How to get rid of all Microsoft ads in Windows 11
Remove suggestions from Windows 11 lock screen
First, we are going to start to disable suggestions on the Windows lock screen.
Right-click on the Start button, click on Settings in the menu. On the left click on Personalisation and then on Lock Screen.
In order to disable ads on the lock screen, uncheck the “Get fun facts, tips, tricks and more on your lock screen”.
Get rid of Windows 11 notifications about new features
Next, in Windows 11 the system sends new notifications to learn about new features, how to use settings, and updates.
Some people see these notifications as advertising. If you want to disable these notifications, use the steps below.
Right-click the Start button, click on Settings in the menu. On the left click on System and then on Notifications.
Make sure to uncheck “Get tips and suggestions when I use Windows” and “Offer suggestions on how I can set up my device” to disable the notifications sent by Windows 11 about new features, tips, and updates.
Get rid of suggestions in the Windows 11 settings
Windows 11 also shows suggestions about features and apps in the Windows 11 settings app. In case you do not want the Microsoft advertising in the Settings app, this is how to disable these ads.
Right-click on the Start button, click on Settings in the menu. On the left click on Privacy & Security and then click General.
Make sure to switch off “Show me suggested content in the Settings app”.
Optional: If you do not want Microsoft to show personalised ads using your advertising ID, you can also switch off “Let apps show me personalised ads by using my advertising ID”.
Get rid of third party app advertising in Windows 11
Third-party ads in Windows 11 are shown on the Start menu. These ads are sent by apps like Spotify, TikTok, Instagram, Prime video, and more. It is possible to remove these ads, however, you need to uninstall the particular app to get rid of their advertising.
If you want to remove the third-party ads from these apps, right-click on the app in the Start menu and click on Uninstall.
Turn off diagnostic data in Windows 11
Windows 11 gathers diagnostic data from your PC to show tailored ads. If you do not want Microsoft to collect this data and use it to show advertisements, you need to disable “Tailored experiences”.
Right-click on the Start button, then click on Settings in the menu. On the left click on Privacy & Security, then on Diagnostic data and Feedback.
Disable “Send optional diagnostic data” and “Let Microsoft use your diagnostic data, excluding info about websites you browse, to enhance your product experiences with personalised tips, ads and recommendations”.
I hope this guide has helped you to get rid of advertising in Windows 11 without the use of third-party tools.
Also read: How to turn off sync provider notifications in Windows 11, to get rid of ads in File Explorer.
Thank you for reading!