If you have updated your copy of Windows 10 to a recent version, you may have noticed a new banner in the Settings application that is displayed at the top.
The banner displays basic information about the account and is also used by Microsoft for advertising / informational purposes. Most users should see a “Get even more out of Windows” notification at the top when they upgrade Windows 10 to a recent version of the operating system.
It states: “with a few quick selections, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the full Microsoft experience”. There is a let’s go button that is displayed prominently, and a “skip for now” link that is less visible.
If that reminds you of the operating system’s out of box experience that is displayed after upgrades, then you are not mistaken.
A click on Let’s Go opens a fullscreen interface that resembles the out-of-box experience of the operating system. There are some differences, but more about that later.
The start screen highlights the areas that Microsoft suggests you set up to get more out of the operating systems.
On a test system, these were:
- Windows Hello helps you sign in
- Link your phone and PC
- Work seamlessly across any devices
- Achieve more with a Microsoft 365 subscription
- Keep your files more secure in the cloud with OneDrive
- Enhance your web browsing experience
You can exit the screen with a click on “remind me in 3 days”, or continue with the setting up by clicking on continue.
Use recommended browser settings is displayed when you use a non-default browser or browser settings. The screen suggests that you use recommended browser settings, and that entails making Microsoft Edge the default browser and Microsoft Bing the default search engine.
Since you have switched to using different defaults, it is very likely that you don’t want that to happen. You can skip this but Microsoft will nag you again in the future to make Edge the default.
Another screen that may be displayed to you is a full page ad for subscribing to Microsoft 365. You may get a discount offer for the first year; I received a 50% offer for the first year on a test system.
You may select “no thanks” to skip this or next to start the sign-up process.
Once you are done, fullscreen mode is exited and you are taken back to the Settings app. The banner at the top displays different information after you have ended the out of box experience, and these display the last time updates were checked on Windows Update and a link to manage OneDrive.
A click on the “let’s go” button opens a fullscreen interface that is part advertisement for Microsoft services, part an attempt to get you to use Microsoft Services and products such as OneDrive or Microsoft Edge. The experience offers little value to most users, especially those who have selected the skip option during the initial out of box experience multiple times.
Now You: What would you like to see displayed in the banner in the Settings app?
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