Configuring the Action Center
The Action Center runs pretty well by default, but you can personalize a few of its settings. To do so, click the Change Action Center settings link in the left task bar.
The bulk of the Change Action Center Settings window, shown in Figure 4, consists of various types of messages that you can turn on or off. Check those messages you want displayed in the Action Center (when necessary); uncheck those you don't want to see. What messages can you turn on or off?
Figure 4 Configuring Action Center settings
Here's the list:
- Windows Update
- Internet security settings
- Network firewall
- Spyware and related protection
- User Account Control
- Virus protection
- Windows Backup
- Windows Troubleshooting
- Check for updates
This is a good way to turn off unnecessary or unwanted messages. For example, if you use an anti-spyware program that for some reason is not recognized by Action Center, you can turn off the virus-protection messages that will continue to pop up, even though you have a program installed.
In addition, there are links to related configuration settings at the bottom of this window, including the following:
- Customer Experience Improvement Program settings
- Problem reporting settings
- Windows Update settings