In 2007, Vista brought us many restraints in the form of additional security measures. In 2009, those restrains were loosened somewhat with the introduction of Windows 7, but make no mistake: User Account Control is still in full force for those running the latest operating system to come out of Redmond.
If you want to give yourself a little more freedom, or simply take charge of your own cyber security, Windows will take it upon itself to provide you with annoying alerts from the taskbar to let you know that something is wrong with your system security. Fortunately there is a way to change this behaviour, so let’s take a look how it’s done…
To remove the alerts and stop them from appearing again, you first need to head into Control Panel. Take yourself to the ‘System and Security’ section and select ‘Action Center’ from this window. There are quite a few problems and various warnings that will probably demand your attention in the main window, but if you look at the sidebar, you’ll find a link to ‘Change Action Center settings’. Click it.
Once you are in the main settings page for the Action Center, you can choose to clear any security or maintenance messages that you don’t want to see. These include alerts for Windows Update, User Account Control, Windows Updates and all the other annoying things that Windows will bug you about during the day!
Select ‘OK’ when you’re done, and you’re home free, without any alerts in sight. Give it a go yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.
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