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windows 7Windows 7 Action Center is a special window located under the Control Panel, where the system gives the user a lot of useful information regarding security, problems, troubleshootings, maintenance etc. When a message gets a  “Normal Priority” status, it is  queued in the Action Center itself. But when a message gets a ” Important Priority” status it is sent to the Notification Area, on the desktop taskbar, so that the user will be able to see it right away, indipendently from what he is doing. Here is a simple tricks to turn off, disable and prevent these icons from appearing on the Notification Area.

This first trick lets you turn-off and remove the Alert center System Icon.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click on the All Control Panel Items link.
  4. Now open  System Icons.
  5. Under Alert Center, click on the Behaviour drop down menu and select Off.
  6. Click OK for the change to take effect.

This second  trick lets you turn off the Alert center icons from the Notification Area.

  1. Click on the arrow located on the Notification Area (previously known as system tray).
  2. A small window containing all the hidden icons should appear. Inside it, click Customize.
  3. Look for Action Center and select Hide icon and notifications.
  4. Untick Always show all icons and notifications on the taskbar located at the end of the window.
  5. Click OK.

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6 Comments to “How to turn off Action Center notifications in Windows 7”

  1. StarsLikeDust Says:

    This is rather late johnymonitor but here is my batch scripted solution that doesn’t require confirmation:

    REM *** Take ownership of ActionCenter.dll and rename it ***
    TAKEOWN /f C:\Windows\system32\ActionCenter.dll
    ICACLS C:\Windows\system32\ActionCenter.dll /grant:r %username%:F
    RENAME C:\Windows\system32\ActionCenter.dll ActionCenter.bak

    REM *** Take ownership of ActionCenterCPL.dll and rename it ***
    TAKEOWN /f C:\Windows\system32\ActionCenterCPL.dll
    ICACLS C:\Windows\system32\ActionCenterCPL.dll /grant:r %username%:F
    RENAME C:\Windows\system32\ActionCenterCPL.dll ActionCenter.bak


  2. johnymonitor Says:

    But how can I take ownership by batch script without the prompt ask for confirmation?

    @echo off
    takeown /f “%windir%\system32\ActionCenter.dll”
    cacls “%windir%\system32\ActionCenter.dll” /G %username%:F
    ren “%windir%\system32\ActionCenter.dll” ActionCenter.bak

    Everytime I use this it asks to confirme the action, even when running the .bat file as Administrator.

    I wonder if it has a suppress confirmation command.
    Any idea?

  3. ripprasternode Says:

    Action nag service can be removed completely and safely.

    —–=====THE SOLUTION=====—–

    Get “Take Ownership” from here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-take-ownership-to-explorer-right-click-menu-in-vista/

    right click and take ownership of c:\windows\system32\ActionCenter.DLL and c:\windows\system32\ActionCenterCPL.DLL

    rename those files .bak and reboot.

  4. Fritz Says:

    Mhh, that instruction isn’t really right!

    Just take this way:

    1. Rightclick Taskbar: Properties
    2. Notification area: Costumize …
    3. Turn system icons on or off
    4a Action Center: Off
    4b Volume: Off

  5. Daniel B Says:

    You can also get to this menu by right-clicking on the task bar and selecting properties. Customize under the notifications area opens this up.

    Just a little quicker 🙂

  6. New name for system icons Says:

    IMPORTANT: System Icons —> Notification Area Icons

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