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Disable Windows 7 Action Center

If for some reason you don’t want to use Group Policy to disable the Windows 7 Action Center, then there is a registry key you can set to disable it.

HKLM\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\POLICIES\EXPLORER

HIDESCAHEALTH=DWORD:00000001

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Once the registry key is set to a value of “1”, certain items will be greyed out in the Action Center configuration, and you will no longer see the Action Center icon in the system tray.

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There is a simple Group Policy setting for this as well, this is generally my preference, but I had a client who wanted to disable it in the image regardless.

User Configuration – Policies – Admin Templates – Start Menu and TaskBar – Remove the Action Center Icon

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I am a Microsoft MVP for System Center Configuration Manager and owner of Nackers Consulting Services, LLC. I focus primarily on System Center Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. In addition to helping clients leverage the technologies they use, I enjoy spending a lot of time on the forums and email lists helping answer questions and just seeing what people are doing with the deployment technologies available to them. I have spoken at Microsoft Management Summit on ConfigMgr/MDT integration and I have spoken at user groups around the country. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, I am always willing to help.

2 Comments

  1. I have exactly the configuration you show above. However, I have no idea how it got like this. I want the Action Center on. I tried to turn it on using Group Policy, but this has not worked. The registry key is set to a value of “1”. What must the registry key be set to in order to turn that Action Center on? Will this bring back the Action Center icon in the taskbar?

  2. This key no longer seems to work. I have added that key to my registry and no change to the Action Center whatsoever.

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