My windows 8.1 laptop is a standalone machine – in other words it isn’t connected to the internet; and never will be. I frequently play the built-in standard solitaire games and find 2 features really annoying.

In every instance of entering the games environment, a white banner appears across the screen with white text reading: “An update for Microsoft Solitaire is available in the Windows store. Would you like to update now?’

After clicking “no” another blue banner which (sometimes) appears right after the first banner reads: “Switch to a Microsoft account on this PC. Many applications & services (like this one) rely on a Microsoft account to synchronise content & settings across devices. We’ll help you set up your Microsoft account now.”

Does anyone know if these ribbons can be permanently disabled somehow.