If you’ve updated your copy of Windows 10 to a newer version, you may have noticed a new banner in the Settings app that appears at the top.
The banner displays basic account information and is also used by Microsoft for advertising / informational purposes. Most users should see a “Learn more from Windows” notification at the top when they upgrade to Windows 10 to the latest version of the operating system.
It reads: “With a few quick choices, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the full Microsoft experience.” There’s a “let’s go” button that appears in a prominent place, and a “skip for now” link that is less visible.
If this reminds you of the operating system experience that appears after upgrades, then you̵
Clicking Let’s Go opens a full-screen interface that looks like an experience outside of the operating system. There are some differences, but more on that later.
The home screen highlights the areas that Microsoft suggests you set up to get more out of your operating systems.
On a test system these were:
- Windows Hello helps you sign in
- Connect your phone and computer
- Work seamlessly on any device
- Achieve more with a Microsoft 365 subscription
- Keep your files more secure in the cloud with OneDrive
- Improve your web browsing
You can exit the screen by clicking “remind me in 3 days” or continue with the setting by clicking continue.
Use recommended browser settings is displayed when you use a browser or browser settings that are not the default. The screen suggests using recommended browser settings, and this includes turning Microsoft Edge into the default browser and Microsoft Bing into the default search engine.
Since you’ve switched to using different default settings, it’s very likely that you don’t want this to happen. You can skip this, but Microsoft will pick on you again in the future to make Edge the default.
Another screen that may be displayed to you is a full-page subscription ad for Microsoft 365. You may receive a discount offer for the first year; I received an offer of 50% for the first year of a test system.
You can choose “no thanks” to skip this or the next to begin the registration process.
When finished, exits full screen mode and returns to the Settings app. The banner at the top shows various information once you’re done with the exhausted experience, and they show the latest Windows Update checks and OneDrive management link.
Clicking the “go” button opens a full-screen interface that is part of the Microsoft Services ad, part of an attempt to get you to use Microsoft services and products like OneDrive or Microsoft Edge. The experience offers little value for most users, especially for those who have chosen the skip option during the initial experience repeatedly.
Now you: What would you like the banner to display in the Settings app?