Remove Annoying Windows 7 Action Center Warning Messages

by Rohit Khurana on July 2, 2010


If you are a Windows 7 user like me, you might have observed warning and red icons on the bottom right of the Windows 7 screen. These warnings are from Windows 7 action center which keeps an eye on the safety, security and updates on your Windows 7 PC. Sometimes these warnings get annoying and create distraction in work.


The red flag is often accompanied by a warning which comes mostly because of some real problem or bad setting, but many times it comes because of other reasons like Windows backup setting, or using some firewall or anti-virus which is not completely recognized by Windows 7 action center.

In this post, I will share a very easy and small tutorial to suppress any unnecessary warnings.

In fact, Windows 7 has built in system to customize what kind of errors will generate action center warnings. Before you make any changes or modify these settings:

NOTE: It is not recommended to turn off these action center messages until you know what you are turning off as it may be a hole in security of your data and online privacy.

I have turned off warnings related to Windows backup because I take my backup manually with a third party freeware which is not recognized by Windows 7. Also I prefer to install Windows Update on my own when its convenient to me, so I have suppressed the warning because of pending windows updates.


To turn off any kind of Windows Action Center warning, right click on Windows Action Center icon on the bottom right of the System tray and select “Open Action Center” option.


When the action center opens, on the left hand side vertical pane, click on option “Change Action Center Settings”.


On the action Center Setting Screen, uncheck the options which you are sure that you can take care, and press OK.


After you do this, you will see the Warning Messages will go away and the white flag in the System tray will be without any red warning message symbol.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheri August 2, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Kept getting notifications that my admin account had no password. This tutorial helped me turn it off – permanently. Thank you very much!

Tahg September 25, 2010 at 10:22 am

I have done this but I still get warnings about MS Update not running

gauri June 25, 2011 at 1:05 am

i have done these steps but still red cross has not disappear.. :(

Safi March 21, 2012 at 3:18 am


How can i get Action Centre turned on becuase when i click on it says the windows
Security Center Serivce Can’t bes started.

So please helpp

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