How to remove ads from Native Windows 8 Apps?
Windows 8 is one curious piece of operating system. On one hand it is a masterpiece and a product from Microsoft’s largest brand but on the other side, even the most Basic applications that come pre-bundled with the RT version of windows are ads supported.
Have we not paid for these native apps when we bought a licence for Windows 8? These ads then, make no sense at all ad you might as well remove them via a simple hack. How exactly? Read on.
You can very easily modify the app code to remove adds. First,
- Open Computer.
- Click View to put a check in the Hidden items box.
- Click Reveal hidden items for all folders and sub-folders if prompted.
- Browse to C > Program Files > Windows Apps.
- Open Security > Advanced and Change the folder’s owner from Trusted Installer to your own login.
- OK to confirm.
- Wait for Windows to update the folders.
The above screenshot is of the Bing News app. The ad can easily be removed from this by browsing to the Microsoft.BingNews_[VERSIONNUMBER] folder, opening theMSAdvertising > JS subfolder and renaming bootstrap.html.
By renaming bootstrap.html, the app is unable to find the code for displaying ads and the ads are no longer displayed.
Do tell us if you think that serving ads after charging for an Operating System makes sense to you? Leave your views in the comment section below.