November 27, 2020
How to Remove Windows 10 Start Menu Ads from a PC

Microsoft is Annoying Windows 10 Users with Ads in the Start Menu — Fortunately, they’re Removable and Here’s How

Microsoft quietly snuck ads into its Windows 10 Start Menu for a variety of proprietary items, but thankfully, they can be disabled…

For all of its flaws (including the return of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death, a recent update that actually slowed down PCs, and forcing users to install Edge), Windows 10 is one of the most stable and usable versions of the Microsoft operating system. But, the software company, always eager to sell its products and services, has begun to insert ads in its Windows 10 Start Menu. 

How to Remove Windows 10 Start Menu Ads from a PC

The new Windows 10 Start Menu ads are for proprietary items, like Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. They appear even if those programs aren’t installed (or perhaps because they aren’t present on the device). Because Microsoft didn’t alert its users of the ads in-advance, it’s understandable some people might assume their PCs have been infected with malicious code that leaves machines — and their owners — at potential risk. Fortunately, there is a way to disable them, because they’re merely web shortcuts for Edge.

How to Disable Windows 10 Start Menu Ads

To turn off Windows 10 Start Menu ads, just go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, which should show all the offenders. Select and uninstall them. Then, a prompt will appear asking if it’s okay to remove the app from Microsoft Edge. (It’s also possible to see them in the Edge browser by searching “edge://apps.”

William Boleys

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