When Microsoft first launched Windows 10 in July 2015, it offered free upgrades to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users for the first year. If you use assisitive technologies, you can still upgrade at no cost. Microsoft’s bigger concern is getting as many people as possible to use Windows 10, and then generate money through services that tie into the OS, such as OneDrive. Rather than leave things to chance, Microsoft employs ads—in the Start menu, on the taskbar, in apps, and other places.
With Microsoft’s Creators Update starting to roll out today (and previously if you upgraded manually), now is a good time to revisit ways you can disable ads in Windows 10. Let’s go through them one by one.
File Explorer Ads
Yes folks, not even the Windows 10 File Explorer is off limits to ads. in the early going, it seems as though Microsoft has limited these ads to its OneDrive cloud service, and only if you’re not already a subscriber. But who knows what Microsoft will decide to advertise down the…