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Thread: How can I disable startup warning ballons in XP

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    I have Windows XP and I have 2 or 3 balloons that pop up when I re-boot.

    I find them very annoying as I boot up regulalry and I have to close them.

    They warn me about Wdows Updates being available and that my Anti virus may be out of date

    Can someone help me turn them off via a registry edit ?

    Or point me to a tutorial that shows you how to do it ?

    Regards

    Digby
    NZ

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    orcutt989's Avatar Blargh
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    What antivirus do you have? You can turn off automatic windows updates by going to Start>>Settings>>Control Panel>>Security Center>>Automatic Updates, and then choose whatever looks best to you, you could turn them off if you want, but you could just have them downloaded automatically and installed. And then it depends what antivirus you have, and we can go from there once you know which one you have.

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    Santa's Avatar dvhyt5er
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    is this what you want?

    ; Disable Security Center (Red Shield Thing)
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center]
    "AntiVirusDisableNotify"=dword:00000001
    "AntiVirusOverride"=dword:00000001
    "FirewallDisableNotify"=dword:00000001
    "FirewallOverride"=dword:00000001
    "FirstRunDisabled"=dword:00000001
    "UpdatesDisableNotify"=dword:00000001
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wscsvc]
    "Start"=dword:00000004

    ; Override Anti-Virus
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center]
    "AntiVirusOverride"=dword:00000001

    ; Override Windows Firewall
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Security Center]
    "FirewallOverride"=dword:00000001

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    zapjb's Avatar Computer Abuser BT Rep: +3
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    Well color me Mr. Obvious. But why do you ignore WU & AV updates? It's only critical.

  5. Software & Hardware   -   #5
    Thanks 100%

    That is exactly what I wanted.

    Hi Zap JB

    The reason I want to disable these balloons is that I hate Microsoft's way of baby sitting me. I mean every time I put a CD in it asks me what I want to do with it ! And trying to disable that through XP's options is virtually impossible.

    My Anti-virus program AVG advises me on its main screen when there is an update.

    I do not want any XP updates mainly cos I have a un-registered copy of it and once again I would like to say when I download an update not when they want to send it to me.

    Kind Regards

    Digby

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    OK. I suggest you get VLK. So you can use WU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zapjb
    OK. I suggest you get VLK. So you can use WU.
    Thanks I think I know what you mean - I'll see if I can find it !

    I did ask Microsoft to trade in my crappy ME but they did not answer me !

    Regards

    Digby
    NZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by digmen1
    I did ask Microsoft to trade in my crappy ME but they did not answer me !


    I don't blame them
    they would lose all revenues for the next decade refunding/exchanging that POS


    and just an idea, but....
    instead of a reg edit to stop the security center,
    why not just go into the management console to disable it?

    I bet you don't know what the original reg entries were, do you?
    (luckily these are fairly basic reg tweaks, and can be reversed w/o too much trouble if needed)
    in the MMC you coulda just re-enabled with a few mouse clicks had you ever needed it again
    wouldn't be a need for any further reg editing

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    orcutt989's Avatar Blargh
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    Quote Originally Posted by fkdup74
    Quote Originally Posted by digmen1
    I did ask Microsoft to trade in my crappy ME but they did not answer me !


    I don't blame them
    they would lose all revenues for the next decade refunding/exchanging that POS


    and just an idea, but....
    instead of a reg edit to stop the security center,
    why not just go into the management console to disable it?
    Thats what I suggested, but I guess people would rather tamper with their registry.

  10. Software & Hardware   -   #10
    [/QUOTE]
    and just an idea, but....
    instead of a reg edit to stop the security center,
    why not just go into the management console to disable it?
    [/QUOTE]


    I did try that a few times, but I was unable to disable it, I can turn various items off but not the whole thing and a balloon comes up each time I reboot.

    But based on what you say I will try again.

    Regards

    Digby

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