10 cool tools in Windows 7

Action Center notification options

A nice touch is that Microsoft makes it easy for you to turn the various types of notifications on or off, as shown here. So if you have an antivirus program installed that Windows doesn't recognize, you don't have to deal with constant messages urging you to install one -- just turn off virus protection messages.

By Deb Shinder

Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 add...