Windows 10’s anniversary update is worth installing as we said that earlier, but it comes with some in-built advertising that you would want to avoid, remove and fix at some instances. Even if you did a fresh install using latest windows 10 ISO or purchased a new laptop, ads will be in. Well, this doesn’t mean you should not update to the “1607” update, because at the same time it is a big improvement to windows 10. Fact: If you do update to the anniversary update your windows 10 build will be called 1607. Here is how to disable all of Windows 10’s Built-in Advertising in anniversary update builds.
Remove Farmville, candy crash & other Automatically Installed apps
windows 10 automatically installs some games and apps like Farmville 2: Country Escape, Pandora, Netflix, Candy Crash. Microsoft describes this as a part of “Microsoft Consumer Experience”, Applicable for all Windows 10 Users; only Windows 10 Enterprise users are able to turn this setting off while other Windows 10 variants don’t even have this setting, actually it existed for Windows 10 Pro insider builds but later removed in the anniversary update.You can delete the application that has been installed automatically, open the Start Menu, choose apps you didn’t want, and is installed automatically, right-click on it and click on the Uninstall option to remove.
The “Get Office” is not the only thing to be banished from Windows 10, Minecraft, Age of Empire is some other apps ads in the form of tiles. These apps are actually links to the Microsoft Windows store and are not downloaded yet; you can remove such tiles by going to start menu right click and choose “Unpin from start menu.”
Remove the Microsoft Solitaire Collection game
The collection of the solitaire game is unnecessarily installed and contains video ads that are 30 seconds long, to remove ads you’ll have to pay $10 yearly. Seems Microsoft is obsessed with the game, so the entire collection of this game is installed automatically on your Windows 10 computer.If you’re not a card games fan you can get rid of this game by uninstalling it. Open the Start Menu and search “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” right-click on the app and click uninstall to remove it.
Tip: you can search “solitaire” in Google to play card game. Don’t’ miss: 12 Stupid Funny Google Tricks You can Enjoy on Google
Disable Live Tiles and Unpin Windows Apps
The windows store app shows live tile that keeps flashing recommended games which is just another form of advertising if that’s bothering turn-off the live tile of Windows store by clicking the right click on the Windows Store app in start menu → more → turn off live tiles.The windows store default shows live tiles even if you are not signed in with a Microsoft account.
The lock screen automatically fetches tips, news, notifications from Cortana and Internet. This setting can be turned off in Cortana’s app settings.Click on the Cortana’s icon in Start Menu, choose settings and toggle the “Taskbar Tidbits”.
To remove suggestion in start menu go to Desktop screen right click on desktop → personalize → Start → toggle off “occasionally show suggestions in start” option.
Windows 10 turned start menu tiles into “Sponsored tiles” and yet it’ll be interesting to see if further updates of Windows 10 will increase the ads quantity or not. The positive side is of this update is it brings new features such Windows Hello and Windows lnk to Windows 10. There are some things that you can do with the upgraded Cortana app (which is a personal voice assistant) say “remind me to go outside in morning 9 AM” or “tell me a joke.” or check out this Cortana commands and question list.
Also see: Top 10 Android Voice Assistant Apps