How to Disable Ads in the Start Menu on Windows 11

With the release of the KB5036980 update, Microsoft has started displaying app recommendations directly in the Start Menu. Although Microsoft claims these are just recommendations for apps from the Microsoft Store, in reality, they are ads. In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how to disable ads in the Start Menu on Windows 11.

Even though Microsoft has introduced many new features in the Windows 11 operating system, it is far from dethroning the supremacy of Windows 10. Besides the installation restrictions on older computers that do not support TPM 2.0, many users complain about the poor performance of Windows 11. The introduction of ads in the Start Menu of Windows 11 seems to be a decision that could drive away even the few users of this operating system.

The good news is that the ads in the Start Menu are not as intrusive as you might think, being only recommendations for one or two apps. It is possible that for some users, these app recommendations might not appear at all. However, if you do receive them, it is very easy to disable them.

How to Disable Ads in the Start Menu on Windows 11

1. Open Windows 11 Settings.

2. Go to Personalization settings.

3. Access "Start" from the personalization settings.

Start Menu Personalization in Windows 11
Start Menu Personalization in Windows 11

4. In the personalization settings for the Start Menu, disable the option "Show recommendations for tips, shortcuts, new apps, and more".

How to Disable Ads in the Start Menu on Windows 11
Disable Start Menu Ads in Windows 11

Related: How to Personalize the Start Menu in Windows 11. Recently opened files, apps, and folders.

After disabling this option, recommended app ads will no longer appear in the Start Menu.

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