Widgets on the wake-up screen, how to get rid of them?


d4005

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These widgets randomly started appearing (after 18 months of this machine not showing them). One of them is showing me a temperate in Fahrenheit despite my location being in Europe, another is offering me traffic info in a place I don't live (and never heard of), and another is giving me sports scores for a sport I've never watched.

It's like Microsoft decided to throw non-relevant random widgets at me, after a recent Windows update I expect.

Anyone know how to get rid of them?

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Hello, :alien:

The tutorial below will help show you how to select something else or disable the widgets on the lock screen.

 

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and

 

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As both of your Weather and Traffic Widgets are showing Bonstetten, (Village in Switzerland?) And now that you know how to remove the widgets, I would suggest you look at your location settings. Unless you’re using a VPN to mask your location..
 

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As both of your Weather and Traffic Widgets are showing Bonstetten, (Village in Switzerland?) And now that you know how to remove the widgets, I would suggest you look at your location settings. Unless you’re using a VPN to mask your location..
I have the location settings disabled, I guess Microsoft Weather decided to try and guess, my ISP probably steered them wrong. As places go, Bonstetten looks nice. I'd quite like to be living there :star:
 

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If you like, you can set a default location for your device that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location can’t be detected using GPS or other methods (ex: Location services).

 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
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    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Logitech wireless K800
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If you like, you can set a default location for your device that Windows, apps, and services can use when a more exact location can’t be detected using GPS or other methods (ex: Location services).


Good to know, thanks. I wouldn't mind setting a default location for Weather and traffic, but otherwise I'd rather leave location services turned off. I don't want it contradicting me if I have a VPN on to spoof my location elsewhere. :rolleyes:
 

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    i7-11800H
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    32GB
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    GeForce RTX™ 3060
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    Samsung 43" super widescreen
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    Logitech silent thing
    Mouse
    Traditional MS Intellimouse
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    120down/44up
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I wouldn't mind setting a default location for Weather and traffic, but otherwise I'd rather leave location services turned off.
Location for weather and traffic widgets dynamic cards on the lock screen are taken from location for weather and traffic on the widgets screen (at Customize widget after three dots menu).

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