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Published on: August 5 2023 by pipiads

Hey there, kids! Do you like advertisements? How about seeing advertisements in your apps and on social media? How about seeing ads in your file explorer? Well, if you're using Windows, you better learn to like it because that's what you're going to be getting very soon.

It was recently discovered that a new build of the file explorer in Windows is serving ads. We have this tweet here from Florian, who I think is some kind of Microsoft insider, basically part of a group of people that gets to try out some of the new features in Windows before they get launched to the public. And he gave us a screenshot of his file explorer with an ad right there at the top right below the little bar where you would put in your file path, saying Write with confidence across documents, email, and the web with advanced writing suggestions from Microsoft Editor.

Obviously, this is a really crappy feature that Microsoft is trying to cram into Windows. Nobody in their right mind wants to see ads in their file explorer. But you know, I'm honestly not even that surprised. This is Microsoft that we're talking about, and they've been putting more and more ads into their operating system for years now.

Since the launch of Windows 10, the start menu has had ads in it. Okay, everyone who's on Windows has seen an ad for Candy Crush before. And shortly after that, Microsoft started putting ads on the lock screen as well. And you know, I really think that this is just Microsoft's new profit model.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I don't listen to their investors' meetings, and I certainly don't listen to their executive meetings. I'm not invested in Microsoft in any way, so I don't have any more insight into something like this than you do. This is just what my gut is telling me.

But since the launch of Windows 10, Windows became something that is just free to download. Okay, it's not like, let me tell you, back in my day, if you wanted to get Windows for free, you had to go to some sketchy torrent site to download it. And then you had to run some kind of exe to crack it and then activate it. And you basically had to decide, would you rather give money to Microsoft or would you rather potentially get hacked by Russians or install a Russian rootkit with your operating system and not have to pay any money for it? Well, you know, until ransomware goes and locks down your computer.

But anyway, now these days, you kids have it easy. You can just go right onto Microsoft.com, and you can get a copy of Windows 10 or Windows 11 for free. Now, of course, you do still have to purchase it if you want to do some things like change the wallpaper or remove the Activate Windows 10 watermark. And also, in Windows 11, they added that new little bit of DRM where they would force you to use this really stupid, like, centered start bar thing. And the only way you could move it over to the left where it belongs is if you activate Windows.

But besides those annoying things, the free copy, or at least the free in price copy of Microsoft Windows, is functional enough for you to get your work done. So my guess is, over the past few years, Microsoft has just been switching to advertisements for its profit model instead of trying to get people to pay for its ISOs, which I think is a great model for websites but horrible for an operating system.

And you know, I couldn't help but notice that the screenshot from this guy's Twitter account that he made of his file manager is advertising the Microsoft Editor, which I actually think is more of a writing assistant. At first, I thought it was a text editor, but it seems like it's sort of like some kind of Grammarly thing that's supposed to help you with grammar and spelling and whatnot.

But anyway, I can't help but notice that it's advertising a program for creating documents, and this particular ad showed up when he's in the documents folder. So I can't help but think that this is some kind of weird targeted advertising that Microsoft is getting into. Would they be recommending some kind of a Photoshop app to me if I'm in the pictures folder? Or maybe some kind of audio editing program if I'm in the music folder? Stuff like this is what I find really creepy because if it works the way that I think it works, then Microsoft is literally watching your every move in their operating system. And it's not open source, so there's no way to really validate this. I mean, maybe some person from Microsoft can be like, Oh no, we totally wouldn't do that. That's silly. But they're not going to share the source code with me to prove it. So I have to assume that Microsoft is just able to see every single move that I make on my operating system if I'm using Windows or at least in the file manager.

Which honestly, that alone, just being able to see what files somebody downloads, modifies, and opens, and then when they download, modify, or open them, is pretty much all you need to gather a lot of information about their computer habits.

Now, Microsoft's official position on this is that it wasn't meant to be pushed out to the public, that this is something that was just meant to be tested internally. And it does look like they actually pulled back the feature because I tried firing up a Windows 11 virtual machine. And yes, yes, I know I'm going to have to ask Stallman for forgiveness, but I fired it up just so I could try to see for myself. And also partially because these screenshots from The Verge and this guy on Twitter showing the advertising in the file manager kind of suck.

But yeah, I tried to... Well, first, I downloaded this ISO from a sketchy Russian torrent site because these insider builds, you can't really get them officially from Microsoft, or at least I wasn't able to find it. So yeah, I downloaded a sketchy Russian ISO, I installed and updated it, I sent all my personal data to both Microsoft and the Kremlin, and yeah, there were no ads in my file explorer. But then again, Microsoft didn't backtrack that hard on this whole thing. Okay, when The Verge asked them about the ads in the file explorer, they just said, Hey, this is something that wasn't meant to be public yet. They didn't say, Oh yeah, you're right, ads in the file manager, that's a little bit crazy. I mean, how much money do we really need to make? Yeah, yeah, we shouldn't do that. That's dystopian.

It's pretty clear that file management, which is one of the most basic fundamental tasks that literally everyone who uses a computer does, is better on operating systems like GNU/Linux. Because as far as I'm aware, none of them have advertisements. And it was also true that this was better before Microsoft even started putting ads in the file explorer. Because I mean, for one, if we were to look at something like a dedicated file management device like network-attached storage, these devices are almost always running software that's based on GNU/Linux. I think you'd have to be a little bit out of your mind to use a Windows-based NAS.

And I mean, come on, Windows, it doesn't even have tabs in the file explorer yet. I mean, imagine being a trillion-dollar company producing operating systems in 2022, and you don't have tabs. Okay, look at this. This is the XFCE file manager. Look at that, that's a new tab. I can go into my home folder, I can create another tab, and then I can go into my videos folder. I could just create unlimited tabs and go into anywhere that I want. It doesn't matter. And this has been a feature on Linux for years now, possibly for decades because I know at least since I've been using GNU/Linux, tabs in the file in various file managers have always been an option.

Now, I do have to give Microsoft some credit because they are allegedly adding this feature to their file explorer very soon. But as you saw, them adding in ads to the file explorer is more important and has more priority than making the file explorer actually good.

So switch to Linux today unless you enjoy corporations looking through your files and serving you ads based on your activities. Like and contact the algorithm, and have a great rest of your day!

Microsoft "Accidently" Put Ads in File Explorer

Microsoft, what are you doing? No, no, no, no, I don't want to hear it. I try to defend you and then you pull stuff like this. Seriously, no, no, no. You're not going to blame this on an accident. Get your act together.

So, it turns out Microsoft enabled ads in File Explorer, but it's okay, it was just an accident. Let's talk about it after a word from our sponsor. Yeah, give me Apple on the phone.

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No, no, no. You're not going to blame this on an accident. Get your act together. So, I try to read all of your comments. Sometimes there's just more than I can read, but most of the time I see them all. Now, I don't have a chance to respond to all of them, but I definitely try to read as many as I can.

Recently, I've seen a few comments from people about Microsoft adding ads to the File Explorer in Windows. When I saw the first one, honestly, I didn't really believe it. But then I saw a few more and I decided to Google it, and there's actually kind of some truth to it. You see, what happened was Microsoft accidentally released a version of the File Explorer through the development preview channel that had ads enabled. Now, Microsoft claims that this was an accident and it was never intended to be published.

Now, while I appreciate their quick response, I really think they missed the point. We now know for a fact that Microsoft has the capability of displaying ads in File Explorer. But then again, we already knew that because this is not the first time Microsoft has done this. They also did this back in 2017 to promote their OneDrive service. So, we've already known for a long time that Microsoft has the ability to display ads in the File Explorer. But, you know what? What gets me is why everyone is so surprised about it. If you really think about it, we've been dealing with ads in Windows for a really long time. So, this is really nothing new. I've even mentioned it in videos before.

Windows 10 comes pre-installed with tons of ads right in the start menu. In fact, it's not only that, but if you have suggested apps turned on, then they have recurring ads appearing all the time. Now, you don't think Microsoft suggests apps out of the kindness of their heart, do you? No, they're getting paid. They don't just think you're going to love playing Cherry Crush. Someone paid them to recommend that to you. And Windows 11 has brought it to a whole new level. I mean, we're talking about Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Netflix. I've even seen Photoshop Elements. And these are all in the start menu by default when you install Windows 11. Now, I haven't used Windows 11 for long enough to know for sure, but I'm sure Microsoft is capable of adding more icons to your start menu at a later time too. So, like I said before, I don't know why everyone is surprised by this. And in reality, Microsoft is not the only company doing this.

Apple bombards their users with ads all the time. You get ads for iCloud, Apple TV, and numerous other Apple products that they want to push in your face. And let's not leave Google out of this. At least once a week, I get Google asking me if I want to join YouTube Premium. You know, that one. I may actually do it. It would be kind of nice playing videos on my Roku without having to watch commercials.

And you know what? That's actually the point I want to get to. Ads aren't inherently a bad thing. Granted, I don't want them plastered all over my operating system, but simply the concept of ads isn't a bad thing by default. For instance, you probably watched an ad prior to this video, and I appreciate that. It helps pay for the stuff that I do on this channel. But there's a line, moving that I believe people are not ready for. That's ads being integrated into our operating system itself. And whether we like it or not, I think this is going to be the new normal going forward.

Windows, for all sakes and purposes, is essentially free. Now, Microsoft allows people to upgrade to the new version of Windows through previous licenses, but in reality, it's not really free. Microsoft has just changed the type of payment method that you're using when purchasing a new version of Windows. You remember the saying, If you're not paying for the product, then the product is you. Microsoft has moved to a form of monetization that internet companies have been using for years, decades in fact. The reason why services like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and others exist is through collecting data on you and using it to display ads. Now, this is the reason why I think Microsoft pushes Edge so hard. Because as long as you're using Edge, then Microsoft can complete the second half of that transaction, you know, showing you ads in a much less controversial way. You know, the data mining is still happening behind the scenes within the operating system without your knowledge, and that data is then used to display ads. If Microsoft can show you those ads in Edge, then they won't get as much pushback.

But you know what? It seems like we've already accepted ads in the start menu, and most people aren't even bothered by notification ads anymore. So, it's odd that people would get upset with ads in File Explorer. I think this is a good example of that line being moved. 10 years ago, people would have been just as upset over ads in the start menu as they are today about ads in File Explorer because back then, the line was at the browser. Today, the line is simply moved into the user interface. But if ads start showing up in File Explorer, then the line would be moving more into the core of the operating system.

But then again, you have to remember that 10 years ago, we had to pay a hundred dollars every time a new version of Windows came out. Would we be willing to pay for Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube today if those services were ad-free? I'm sure some people would. YouTube Premium is a great example of that. You know, with YouTube Premium, Google has essentially said, If you don't want to watch the ads, then fine, pay us and we'll get rid of them. Maybe at some point, Facebook, Twitter, and other services will try the same thing.

But you know, I think with Windows, Microsoft is trying to get the best of both worlds. On a new system, you still have to pay full price for a license for Windows, a Windows that's bombarded with data mining and ads. Now, sound off in the comments below and tell me if you'd be willing to accept the ads if there was no license fee for Windows at all. Or are you happy paying the initial license fee for Windows and then getting free upgrades to new versions based on an advertising model? You know, personally, I don't mind the current system. I don't have a problem deep-loading Windows to remove most of the data mining. Also, the initial license fee is fine because, if you think about it, it's kind of a leash for Microsoft. They're a lot less likely to push even more ads and more intrusive data mining as long as that initial license fee exists.

Ultimately though, I think advertising within Windows is going to continue. And I think we will eventually accept it. Things like this have a tendency of moving more into the thing and less away from it. I mean, you don't see Facebook and Twitter cutting down on the amount of ads they show. It just continues to grow more and more.

Ultimately though, this isn't a bad thing. There's always going to be an equilibrium of what we will accept versus what we won't. And even if that line moves, it will always be right where we accept it. That's why Microsoft came out and said that the ads in File Explorer were not meant to be released because we're not ready to accept that yet. That's not always going to be the case. But with that said, if you'd like to de-bloat your copy of Windows because you're not ready to accept where that line currently is, then check out this video where I show you how to manually go through and de-bloat your copy of Windows.

Have a great day!

Windows 11 File Explorer ads ..Really ? more ads, more bloatware 😰 🧐

Have you ever wondered why Windows 11 is free? Whoa, seriously, like Microsoft is thinking about putting advertisements in their apps, and not just any ordinary app, but a very popular file explorer. Well, it was recently discovered that a new build of Windows 11 file explorer, while the good old explorer.exe in Windows 11, is serving ads. We have a tweet from Chlorine, who I think is some kind of a Microsoft insider, and basically, he gets access to try out the new features before they get launched to the public. In this screenshot he gave us, the screenshot of his file explorer, and no wonder, this file explorer has an ad right there on the top right, just below that little bar. I use file explorer at least 50 percent of the time when I use Windows 11, and seeing this ad on the top corner doesn't give me any confidence to store my files on Windows 11 anymore. I mean, now they have access to all of your files. They can access it and use it for gathering information about you and probably use that data to serve you better ads, but that's not good for me in any way. Maybe better for their advertisers.

Well, just take a look at the advertisement. It says, Write with confidence across documents, emails, and the web with advanced writing suggestions from Microsoft Editor. So yeah, obviously, like, this is really a crappy feature that Microsoft is trying to cram into Windows 11, but it is clear that nobody wants to see ads in their file explorer. Recently, with the features they have launched into Windows 11, I was surprised to see that Microsoft is even talking about putting ads into their operating system. If you remember the old Windows 10 start menu, well, it has ads in it. I mean, don't get me wrong, but it's really easy. You can just go right into microsoft.com and get a copy of Windows 10 or Windows 11 for free. And of course, you still have to purchase it if you want to do some things like change wallpaper or remove the activate Windows watermark, but the OS is free. So it looks like over the past few years, Microsoft has just switched to the advertisement for their profit model, you know, instead of trying to get people to pay for its operating system.

Now, taking a look at the file manager, what it is advertising, well, it's a Microsoft Editor, which I actually think is more like a writing assistant software, basically Grammarly from Microsoft, where you can correct your grammar, spelling, and whatnot. Now, if you look closely, this particular ad is showing up very close to his actual document folder. Looks like they are watching every little movement in their operating system, and it's not open source. Okay, so there is no way to really validate all of this, but clearly, Microsoft has the power to see every single move that I make on my PC. What I download, modify, and open up. And that's pretty much all you need to gather lots of data from the user. They can know your routine workflows, also your habits, and that's really important for advertisers.

Now, what Microsoft says about all this? Well, Microsoft's official position on this thing is that it wasn't supposed to be launched to the public, and this is something they are just testing internally. So, what's the actual situation? Do you get to see the ads or not? In order to test that, I fired it up for myself. I downloaded ISO from a sketchy website. Although the build number is correct, I can't check the genuinity of this ISO, but looking into the file explorer, I don't see any sorts of ads over there.

Now, no doubt, file manager is one of the most fundamental features that every operating system should have. To enhance the user experience of file manager, they should have integrated multitab file explorer from a decade. Linux and macOS do have these features from a long time ago, and I think surely ads may not be the thing that will enhance the user experience. Also, no pun intended, but recently, they have dragged and dropped one of the most important features, that is drag and drop, and after some time, they have reintroduced it back into Windows 11.

I can truly understand Microsoft is a really big trillion-dollar company that produces one of the greatest operating systems in 2022, and adding ads in their file explorer may sound like a childish decision. But now, since they have the power of such a larger audience, their goal should be to enhance user experience rather than all of this. So, what do you think about all this? Do let me know in the comments down below. This is Kedar from How To Guy signing out.

File Explorer ads, Windows 10 Creators Update rollout, and UI upgrades

You're listening to the MS Power User podcast. This is episode 37, recorded on Thursday, March 9th, 2017. Each week on this podcast, we discuss the latest news about Microsoft, such as new Samsung tablets, Xbox Scorpio, insider builds, Windows phone, Windows Server, updates to Microsoft's streaming entertainment apps, and of course, Windows. Today, we're going to cover all that and more. I'm Vernon Al Smith, joined as usual by Andy Bennett. Hey, buddy. Well, there is quite a bit and for anyone listening new, I noticed the tone in my voice. It's because I have been fighting with basically all of technology for the past hour and a half, and eventually that takes its toll on you. And on the other hand, I'm having a pretty good day. I've been up for about 21 hours so far, and my computer is actually running pretty well, better than usual. This isn't really newsworthy. Let's talk about the weather. Andy, did you get any wind? I have got so much wind that it got to be like 40 miles per hour last night around here, and I wake up to deal with the damages. I'm fun. Honestly, not trying to outdo you, but we had 70 mile an hour winds here for a while. I'm happy. Exactly. I'm not proud of that, and it got pretty cold. Well, yucky is a key yesterday. And then tonight, as they get supposed to get nine below tonight, which we were not expecting. We had spring, like all the snow was melted. Like it was yeah, but we're playing. I'll take action. Today was like 40 to 50 degrees, but it actually wasn't that bad. And then tonight, all of a sudden, it just dips, and the snow starts falling. Hmm, which, like, I mean, they said it was like 45 degrees earlier, and I walk out there, and it's like, you know what, if this is 45 degrees, and then all of summer can be 45 degrees, well, it was fantastic earlier in the week, and it is very far from fantastic right now. But we are recording a podcast. Just earlier, we thought, you know, this isn't that bad of a gimmick. Yep, and we enjoy doing this, so you listener probably enjoy actually hearing some information from us, and aside from the weather, so let's kick it off. And we're going to start it off with a tip this week. We want to make sure that you guys get every opportunity to be as power user full set a word as possible. I think it one as you, as of course you follow MSPowerUser.com. We appreciate that. So first of all, we're going to talk about the File Explorer in Windows 10, which I should say as an, as a relatively old person and not very glamorous person, I said this years ago, I love the File Explorer. It really is good. There's a lot of great features in there, whatever, not going to dwell on that. But starting in some of the insider builds, and then now it has been rolled out to everyone using the Anniversary Update on us on the the Explorer's, File Explorer has what you would call ads. Now, they're kind of just prompts, just saying, hey, check this out. You know, that OneDrive is where you would probably see this in the File Explorer. If you'd like more OneDrive storage, you get Office 365, and you get a terabyte of blah, blah, blah, and other things, Outlook Premium, and things like that might pop up in there. But technically, it is an ad because Microsoft is trying to sell you something. Yeah, and we can debate a lot about if it's right to include this or not. I think most people who follow me on Twitter should know where I stand because I think that over the years, I've gone on so many rants about people trying to claim that something that's an ad is just a personalized recommendation. I have gone on so many rants, I'm sure that's a double digits over the past two years. Well, I think my stance on streaming versus say, you know, television in general kind of is similar to my stance on this, is that I would much rather just pay for the product and get it. Like Netflix, I pay for Netflix, and I don't see ads in there, as opposed to, well, cable in general, you have to pay, yeah, you're paying for cable, and you're getting ads. They're not double dipping in your mind. You know, you're both paying for it, and you're giving them your time. Anyway, but seeing these things, especially the ones that are examples right now in File Explorer, to me, they're actually good prompts, to, hey, that's true. This could be a useful service to me. I think it is pretty relevant to where you are. Now, of course, they sneak these in, and then eventually they're going to, you know, broaden further and further and her, rent, I have Suicide Squad for, you know, for 90, 90, the Oscar award-winning Suicide Squad. Yeah, anyway, so some people do not want these things in their File Explorer, so we're going to give you a quick rundown of how to disable them, and of course, you could just go to the site and do that. But if you can keep up with me talking, maybe you could do it yourself without going through this site. I'll stop talking about that now. Open the View tab from File Explorer ribbon. There, you can click on options. Open up File Explorer settings from the folders option window. You click on View tab, and then you'll need to scroll down. And there's a whole list of, you know, check-in boxes to check and uncheck. And the one you're going to look for is show sync provider notifications. And I'm not one to memorize things. I want to understand how it works and why, so that way I can go back and kind of repeat, repeatability. So think of it as, think provider notifications, your File Explorer sync provider is Microsoft, and they would be notifying you of additional ways, you think, well, storage data, whatever. Uncheck that, and then you're going to, of course, hit save, okay, whatever, and there should be no ads or, as they call them, notifications in File Explorer, for now. Alrighty, so it's an easy enough guide that I followed along with it in real-time. Well, I'm glad you could. Hopefully, listeners could as well. And now, tell us about what we have going on for a new insider build this week. Alright, yeah, there are two options for the insider build this week, depending on your platform. See, last week, right after the podcast come out, I come out, there was another build that arrived. See, last week, we talked about build 50, no 46. Well, now it, we have 50, no 48, which is such a good build that it is hit the hippy fast ring and ended up being the very first festering build of the year. All right, persues Loic slowing, oh my goodness. We're recording this past midnight for me, and I think that's about to show, even if hex coffee, it is starting to wear off. I guess, my bad, my fault. Oh, no worries. But so yeah, this is the very first flowering build of 2017, and it is, and compared to 15, 0, 46, there is a lot not a lot of changes. I'm not saying that's basically every week now, but we are past the point where we'll see a lot of those, excuse me, the biggest, the big things right now, though, are improvements and fixes. But if you are someone who has always just been this lowering, this build is going to be a completely different world for you. At least, I'm pretty sure it will be because throughout the builds this year, I mean, it's been three months into the year now. There's enough changes that I'd say, yeah, there's going to be some significant improvements in there. However, just for build the build changes, there's stuff such as issues where some UWP apps might may unexpectedly appear with their app package name of the title bar, as opposed to the app name. It's something that I saw a lot of people having issues with in a say, I think it was a music and video app because they saw much appeal, saying, hey, it's the zoo name, which, because that's the package name, and the package name has stayed since the day it was created, so it's still there. And as for other little things, there were some issues with using the mouse wheel to scroll in Microsoft Edge might not work if the window was made smaller or moved to a different monitor. That's a weird little issue. There are issues where the LastPass extension for Microsoft Edge sometimes failed, etc.,

How to add multiple tabs in file explorer on Windows 11 using ViveTool

Hey guys, welcome back to the channel! In this video, we're going to explore an interesting feature in Windows 11. The file explorer now allows you to access multiple tabs, which is a feature I've been waiting for. If you're already using an application like Files Admins, you'll know that multiple tabs are crucial. The good news is that this feature is now available in the default Windows 11 file explorer itself, so no need to install any third-party applications. Let's dive into how to enable this feature.

Features of File Explorer Tabs:

- You can add multiple tabs as per your preference.

- You can scroll through the tabs by hovering the mouse over them and scrolling.

- Use the right arrow key or click on the right side of the tabs to navigate.

- Use the left arrow key or click on the left side of the tabs to navigate.

- Access all tabs in a single area, eliminating the need to switch between tabs.

One interesting feature is the option to open a folder or drive in a new tab. Simply right-click on the folder or drive and select Open in New Tab. This makes it convenient to open folders without navigating away from your current tab.

The file explorer tabs feature is highly anticipated in Windows 11. It's a long-awaited addition that many users have been hoping for. So, what do you guys think of this feature? Let me know in the comment section below!

Now, let's move on to how to enable this feature. To do so, you'll need to install a tool called the Vibe Tool version 0.2.1. Download the tool from the link provided in the description. After downloading, extract the zip file and move the extracted folder to the C drive.

Next, open the command prompt in administrator mode. To do this, press Windows key + R, type cmd, and hit Enter. Once the command prompt opens, navigate to the Vibe Tool folder by using the cd command followed by the folder location.

Once you're in the Vibe Tool folder, paste the provided code into the command prompt and hit Enter. You'll receive a message saying Successful set feature configuration. Close the command prompt and restart your PC.

After restarting, open the file explorer, and you'll see the tab feature enabled. You can now add multiple tabs and enjoy the benefits of this feature. To add a new tab, click on the plus icon next to the existing tabs.

That's it for today's video! If you liked this video, please hit the like button, and don't forget to subscribe to my channel for more upcoming videos. Thanks for watching!

How to Disable All Ads from File Explorer, Lock Screen, Notification & Other Ads in Windows 11

Hello guys, welcome back again! I'm MJ. In this video, I will show you how to remove ads in Windows 11. Whether it's File Explorer ads, lock screen ads, notification ads, or any other ads, let's see how to completely remove them.

# Introduction

Removing ads from Windows 11 can enhance your user experience and eliminate distractions. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to remove ads in different areas of Windows 11.

## How to Remove File Explorer Ads

1. Open This PC by clicking on it.

2. Click on the three dots.

3. Go to options.

4. In the dialog box, click on view.

5. Scroll down and uncheck the option Show sync provider notification.

6. Click apply and okay to save the changes.

## How to Remove Lock Screen Ads

1. Go to start and then go to settings.

2. Click on lock screen.

3. Select the picture as your lock screen background.

4. Uncheck the option Get fun facts, tips, clicks, and more on your lock screen.

## How to Remove Notification Ads

1. Left-click on your notification area.

2. Right-click on the notification from the app or web browser that shows ads.

3. Click on Go to notification.

4. In the settings, turn off notifications for the specific app or web browser.

## How to Completely Remove Other Ads

1. Go to settings.

2. Click on privacy and security.

3. Click on journal.

4. Turn off the option Let apps show me personalize ads by using my device ID.

5. Optionally, you can also turn off the option Let websites show me locally relevant content by accessing my language settings.

# Conclusion

By following these steps, you can completely remove ads from your Windows 11 PC. Removing ads can improve your productivity and provide a better user experience. Thank you for watching, and don't forget to like, share, and subscribe for more content.

Windows 11 File explorer ads Microsoft says it was not to be and NO Windows is not free

Welcome to the Windows computer and technology channel! In an interesting turn of events, Microsoft today had to readjust the little controversy about the file explorer with ads in it. It is very interesting because what happened is that they came back and said, Oh, we tested this, but that's not for Windows users in general. It's turned off. So why is it there if you never plan to use it?

This is and has been for the past years one of the sides of Microsoft that is definitely not just annoying but definitely showing that the company doesn't understand how they can annoy users terribly. This is something that's been going on for a while now, and it's not fixed. It's so obvious that there are some people at Microsoft that want to annoy us with ads and try to bring us to some of their own projects and services terribly.

It's funny because I get this, well, you know, Windows is free. Well, how do you want them to pay? Windows is not free. Stop thinking that. It's never been. The amount of people that move from one version of Windows to the other for free is a very small percentage. Most people, the majority of people and of companies, pay a license. How do you pay for your license when you buy that new PC with Windows pre-installed? You paid for Windows. Windows was not free for that machine. It was sold by Microsoft at a discount price compared to what the users would pay to be installed. You're paying for it. The company is pushing that amount, that amount that you paid for the machine.

So when people tell me, Well, this is free. What do you want? It's not free. It never was free. The percentage of people that got it for free from an upgrade is small. And even when Windows 10 arrived, Oh, it's free. No, you paid for Windows 7. It's not free. There's some fee in there that's kind of slipping towards Windows 10 and all. It's something that a lot of people think, Oh, really? It's free? They're giving it free? No, they're not. You got a PC with no Windows on it. You're going to go and buy Windows to get on that PC. And like I said, most people do not upgrade to another operating system. Most people buy a computer that has that new Windows on it. And the enterprise pays a license based on the amount of computers used and often as a subscription for using Windows.

There's a reason why Windows is the third biggest cash cow of Microsoft. It still brings in dozens of billions of dollars every year, and that's because it's not free. So having ads in an operating system that most people, not all but most people, have paid for is nonsense and shouldn't be there. So Microsoft, backing off visibly, saying that, you know, people are just like probably have voiced their frustrations so much that Microsoft said, Okay, well, no, we're not going to do that. Forget it. People are not happy.

So anyways, backing off, and that's a good thing. If you enjoy my videos, please subscribe, give us a thumbs up. Thank you for watching.

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