Disable Ads & Store Messages on Windows 10 Lock Screen

Issue: The default Windows 10 lock screen uses Windows Spotlight which streams a feed of excellent photography but… also displays Microsoft Store offerings, messages and may display ads. If this annoys you follow these steps to disable Windows Spotlight and you’ll have a cleaner, faster and ad free login screen (but will miss some beautiful photography…).

  • Login screen before disabling Windows Spotlight – Screenshot (red is me)
  • Login screen after – Screenshot


  1.  Click Cortana or Search and type Lock Screen
  2. Click on Lock Screen Settings
  3. Under Background change Windows Spotlight to Picture or Slideshow
  4. Turn OFF – “Get fun facts, tips and more from Windows and Cortana on your lock screen”
  5. Done!

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