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A new feature to Windows 7 that builds on the security center from previous versions of Windows is the Action Center. The Action Center consolidates system notifications into a centralized location where you can monitor issues and the maintenance status of your PC. Now, you typically won't interact with the Action Center unless there is an issue with one of your tracked features and you will notice a little white flag in the system area or notification area here in the taskbar, if everything is okay. When you see a little red X like I have, it means there may be a problem or some minor issues.
And in this case when we hover over it, you can see I have got a couple of important messages, three messages in total. When the message disappears, simply move away from the taskbar and move your mouse back down to read the rest of the message. Now, to actually view the Action Center information and address the issues that may exist, you need to click this button to gain access. So, here you can see now I have got 2 important messages, 3 total messages. I need to find an antivirus program that's important, I need to set up Windows Update and I need to Set up backup.
Those are the three messages and actually handle those things. I can go to the Action Center itself from the bottom of this window. Click Open Action Center and opens it up. Now, I am getting even more information under Security for example, Virus protection. Windows didn't find an antivirus software on this computer. So I can use this button to find a program online. Same thing for Windows Update. It's not set up for this computer. I can change the settings directly from here, by clicking the Change settings button. So, I can Install Updates automatically or choose,Let me choose to go into this part of the Control panel.
Notice the path, System and Security, Windows Update and Change settings. So, I could have got there manually. The Action Center is a convenient location where I can access all of these things. So, where it says Please select an option, I am going to choose Check for updates but let me choose whether or not to download and install them, I click OK. That saves my changes and takes me back to the Action Center. Here I can also set up a backup. So if I choose Set up backup, you can see it's starting Windows backup. This is an actual program I would have had to run using the Windows Orb for example, and search for this program or I can access it directly from the Action Center here.
And here, you can see, I have got my options, I can Save on a network, there is my two drives, Backup Destinations, etcetera. I am going to click Cancel for now. I don't need to set that up right away. As I scroll down towards the bottom of this window you can see that I have also got Troubleshooting and Recovery options directly available to me here, from the Action Center. I have also got access to some very important features on the left-hand side. I can go to the Control panel, the homepage directly from here as well, Change Action Center settings, when I click this option you can see the messages can be turned on or off and here are the Security messages, all of which are checked off, Maintenance message is also checked off.
If I don't want to see messages about Virus protection I can deselect the checkbox, any of these other ones as well and click OK. Notice down below now, in the notification area of my taskbar I have got a white flag. I no longer see that red X. That's either because I fixed the issues or turned off the notifications. And in this case, on the left-hand side I have got these yellow bars, they are not red, they are not pressing, they are not super important, but they are things I should probably address. So I am going to close up the Action Center to return on to my desktop.
So, with the new Action Center, Security and Maintenance tasks and Monitoring is consolidated into one convenient location.
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