By default, Windows will automatically check for problems relating to Windows Update, Network firewall, Windows Troubleshooting, and other items, and then send you a message if problems are found. In this post, we will show you how to turn on or off specific Security and Maintenance messages for your account in Windows 10.
What are Windows 10 Security and Maintenance messages
Windows 10 uses the Security and Maintenance applet to keep you informed of issues that pertain to your computer’s health. The screen divides issues into the Security and Maintenance sections.
To open the Security and Maintenance applet, type Security and Maintenance in the Search box on the Windows taskbar and select it from the result.
Note any messages displayed under Review Recent Messages and Resolve Problems.
Normally, you see No issues have been detected by Security and Maintenance. So, if you see a message concerning a specific problem, select that message for more information.
Next, select the Security heading in the Security and Maintenance window.
That section expands to detail security functions. Every option should display On or OK.
Brief description of each item under Security
Network Firewall: The firewall scans Internet traffic and blocks activity from programs that don’t have explicit permission to use Internet access. When you install a program that uses the Internet, you may be asked to approve the connection the first time. The safest practice is to reject online connections that you don’t initiate or recognize.
Virus Protection: Having virus protection for your computer is essential. Windows Defender provides antivirus protection, although you can install some other antivirus program.
Internet Security Settings: These settings pertain to your browser. The default settings may be adequate.
User Account Control (UAC): This function notifies you of programs that try to make changes to your system and requires that you confirm any such changes. In particular, UAC lets you know when a program tries to run or install software that may be malicious. When in doubt, say No or Cancel to UAC messages.
Next, select the Maintenance heading to see what that section includes (see screenshot below).
Brief description of each item under Maintenance
Report problems: This setting is on, allowing Windows 10 to regularly check for solutions to problems it uncovers.
Automatic Maintenance: Your computer automatically performs critical updates, security scans, and diagnostics each day.
Drive status: Drives are hard disks inside or attached to your computer. Your documents, photos, and Windows 10 itself are stored on one or more drives. Ideally, the drive status is All drives are working properly.
Device software: If a device on your computer needs a driver or other type of software to run properly, you are alerted here. Select Install Device Software to install the software.
Turn Off Security and Maintenance notifications
You can enable or disable Security and Maintenance notifications in Windows 10 using:
Security and Maintenance Control Panel applet
Group Policy Editor
Let us see how to do this.
1] Using Security and Maintenance Control Panel applet
To open the Security and Maintenance window, type Security and Maintenance in the Search box on the Windows taskbar and select it from the result.
Click Change Security and Maintenance settings link on the left side.
Check (on) or uncheck (off) the security and maintenance messages you want, and click OK.
You can now exit Security and Maintenance window.
2] Turn off Security and Maintenance notifications using GPO
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar
Double-click on Remove Notifications and Action Center and set it to Enabled.
This policy setting removes Notifications and Action Center from the notification area on the taskbar. The notification area is located at the far right end of the taskbar and includes icons for current notifications and the system clock. If this setting is enabled, Notifications and Action Center is not displayed in the notification area. The user will be able to read notifications when they appear, but they won’t be able to review any notifications they miss. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, Notification and Security and Maintenance will be displayed on the taskbar. A reboot is required for this policy setting to take effect.
3] Disable Security and Maintenance notifications using Registry Editor
Obinna Onwusobalu, Windows Insider MVP, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP, has studied Information & Communication Technology and is a keen follower of the Windows ecosystem. He runs a computer software clinic. He says it's best practice to create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your PC.