Can you suppress or disable Security Center notifications in Windows 10?

The Security Center in the Windows operating system runs a service in the background to keep a constant check on the security state of your computer. If it finds that the Windows Firewall, any AntiVirus software is not running or if it finds that Windows Updates has been disabled on your system, it automatically shows a notification to warn you about it, and offers recommendations to fix the situation.

Can you disable Security Center notifications in Windows 10?

suppress Security Center notifications in Windows 10

In Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Windows Vista, you could turn off, disable or suppress such Security Center notifications by configuring the Group Policy or editing the following Registry key values:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE \Microsoft\Security Center

Change the default value of the following DWORDs from 0 to 1:

  • AntiVirusDisableNotify
  • FirewallDisableNotify
  • UpdatesDisableNotify

If you try to do this in Windows 10 it will not work.

This is because, Microsoft identified a security vulnerability with these registry keys that allowed hackers and malware to hide Security Center warnings. Due to these security concerns, the functionality and underlying registry keys have been removed in Windows 10.

This post will show you how to disable Action Center in Windows 10.

See these posts if:

  1. Windows Security Center does not start
  2. Windows Security Center identifies old security software as installed
  3. Windows Security Center does not detect ANY installed antivirus software.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

10 Comments

  1. Hi,

    You can still disable them all together. Just not selectively anymore.

    When a notification pops up, just right click it and select “Turn off notifications for this group”. Then they will never bother you again.
    Furthermore, you can disable the Security Center service itself, using services.msc ? Security Center (wscsvc) ? Properties ? Startup type ? Disabled ? OK

    It’s pointless to keep monitoring something that has a tray icon in the bottom right corner of my screen at all times already. I will notice immediately if the icon changes to show an error-state or disappears altogether.

    Sincerely,
    Daniel “3ICE” Berezvai

  2. p.s.: And your almighty workaround linked in the fine print is disabling the ENTIRE action and notification center. What!? Then how will I get my email notifications, windows updates, game notifications, facebook comments and messenger chats!?

  3. postedhere

    Daniel, I disabled the service, but now I am getting notifications that the Security Center Service is disabled.

    Are you getting those?

  4. No, because I disabled that notification as well.

    Edit: I’m glad my information was used by at least one person. To disable that other annoying notification, right click it and select the line starting with “Don’t show…”

  5. nylle

    hey,
    i just reinstalled w10 and got really annoyed by all these notifications so i came here and found your tip. thanks a lot good sir!

  6. madmax

    I found a solution to disable the “Security and Maintenance” tab in the Info Center of Windows 10:

    GPO:User Conifguration -> Preferences -> Windows Settings -> Registry

    Action: Replace
    Hive: HKEY_Current_User
    KeyPath: SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionNotificationsSettingsWindows.SystemToast.SecurityAndMaintenance
    Value Name: Enabled
    Value type: REG_Dword
    Value: 0 (HEX)

  7. postedhere

    Thanks so much. This had been killing us.

    Has this worked for you so far?

  8. Heather Cross

    Is the name of the new key supposed to be “Windows.SystemToast.SecurityAndMaintenance” ?

  9. postedhere

    If it doesn’t exist, yes. And you also need a new DWORD key named Enabled, too.

  10. Constantin Suman

    Windows.SystemToast.SecurityAndMaintenance – Enabled = 0 (DWORD)

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