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Video: Disable Solve PC Issues notification in Windows 7

Bill Detwiler shows you how to make the Windows 7 "Solve PC Issues" notifications a little less annoying or disable them all together.

Sometimes an operating system feature designed to be "helpful" is actually more annoying than anything else, and may even be confusing to end users, or cause unnecessary problems. For many IT pros, Windows 7's Solve PC Issues notification is just such a feature. During this episode of TR Dojo, I show you how to make this feature a little less annoying or disable it all together.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

12 comments
Realvdude
Realvdude

Talk about annoying. SPAM!!!! SPAM!!!! SPAM!!!! SPAM!!!! SPAM!!!! SPAM!!!!

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

WINDOWS version 6.1 (aka Windows 7) has all kinds of annoyances. There's even a website for them. Just remember that Google is your friend if you want to find these Windows annoyances.

coolmark82
coolmark82

I'm glad windows 7 can no longer annoy me with that crazy pop up.

JCitizen
JCitizen

me track issues with Vista, but then I'm not on Win7 yet. The same thing in Vista has helped me solve several issues. The best part about it, is simply knowing something is wrong. With that kind of help - I can solve the issue myself. Just being aware of it is 95% of the issue, for me. I do a lot of hardware and software testing, and I hardly ever get these notifications. I wonder why they are considered annoying at all. Maybe some folks are forced to use poorly written drivers/and/or software; and that is the culprit?

idonthaveanegocomplex
idonthaveanegocomplex

Is turning off the user account control really safe? Are there any security issues relating to this? Thanks for the Video

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

For many IT pros, Windows 7's "Solve PC Issues" feature, particularly the notifications, is more annoying than helpful. In the TR Dojo episode above, I show you how to make this feature a little less annoying or disable it all together. What do you think of Solve PC Issues? Is it helpful or annoying? Take the poll and let me know. Original post and poll: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=2035

NKX
NKX

Once you've turned off the warnings for "Windows Update" settings and "Set Backup", everything else in there is actually useful. It prompts users to update their antivirus, get fixes for software that is failing, fix compatibility issues, and more. What I was hoping for in the video is a way to customise this setting for ALL users on a computer. The settings appear to be tied to the HKCU (Current User) registry and are keyed (likely with the user SID/GUID) to ONLY work for that user... so you can't create a "Default User" to deploy the settings out. There are also no Group Policy options other than enable/disable available. Now THAT is annoying.

JCitizen
JCitizen

I assume since he is relating a method to turn off the notification, the UAC would still block attempts to gain access to administrative priveleges. But then I never do that, so I could be misunderstanding the video.

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

Even if you are an IT pro, this feature is helpful. I've found 1 system that I have has a hardware issue running 64-bit Win 7. After not being able to resolve the issue (using the troubleshooter), I found that it stopped notifying me of the issue, but kept it posted in the Action Center. So how is this considered a problem?

JCitizen
JCitizen

perhaps it is better on 64 bit? I sure am not disabling any of it, and not on clients either!