If the Microsoft rewards badge is showing constant notifications, follow these steps to remove Microsoft rewards from the Start menu.
Windows 10 shows a little badge (medallion icon) on top of the Start menu to encourage users to participate in the Microsoft rewards or bing rewards. In case you don't know, the Microsoft reward program gives you points for using Bing search. Once you earn enough points, you can redeem those points in select local or online stores. For example, you can redeem the points to buy Xbox Game Pass membership, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox console, console, etc.
The problem is, Microsoft rewards program is only available in select few regions. Even if the program is not available in your country or if you are no participant, the Start menu might still show the Microsoft Rewards badge in the Start menu. Occasionally, the rewards badge might even show notifications directly in the Start menu.
If you don't like behavior, follow the guide below to remove Microsoft rewards badge from the Windows 10 Start menu.
Steps to Remove Microsoft Rewards Badge in Start Menu
Follow the steps listed below to remove the Microsoft rewards badge in the Start menu.
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to the "Search" page.
- Go to the "Permission & History" page.
- On the right panel, turn off "Microsoft Account" under "Cloud Search Content".
- Changes are saved automatically.
- Close the Settings app.
From now, you will not see the Microsoft rewards badge or medallion icon in the Start menu. If you want to, you can also stop Windows from showing search results from your work or school account. Just turn off the "Work or school account" option under Cloud Search Content.
To revert the changes and show the Microsoft rewards icon in the Start menu, follow the same steps but turn on the switch under Microsoft Account in step 4.
Related: Enable enhanced Start menu search for better and accurate search results in Windows 10.
Disable Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions Notifications
Along with Microsoft rewards, Windows 10 will also show occasional notifications for suggested apps, tips, tricks, and to advertise other Windows and Microsoft services.
Steps to disable Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions Notifications.
- Open Settings.
- Go to "System".
- Go to the "Notifications & Actions" page.
- On the right page, uncheck "Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows" checkbox.
- Close the Settings app.
That is it. Windows will no longer show the tip, trick, and suggestion notifications in the notification center or in the start menu. If you want those notifications back, then follow the same steps and select the checkbox in step 4.
That is all. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.
If you like this article, check out how to disable bing results in the Windows 10 start menu and how to make Google the default Start menu search.