Windows 10: Turn off (not disable) Action Center icon via registry


  1. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
       06 Nov 2015 #1

    Turn off (not disable) Action Center icon via registry


    Howdy,
    We can easily disable Action Center icon in Windows 10 via the following registry key:

    Code:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer]
    "DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:00000001
    But that will completely disable Action Center and its button will become gray, not possible to change its state.
    I don't wanna disable it, just wanna turn it off, like we do manually in:
    Settings > System > Notifications & Actions > Turn system icons on or off

    For this one, I didn't find a registry key, also the following article does not work for Windows 10:
    System Icons - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Please help me find a way to just turn it off via registry without disabling and locking down the Action Center button.
    Thanks in advance
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  2. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       06 Nov 2015 #2

    You don't even need to go into the System Registry but as these 4 screens will show is very familiar. First a right click on the main taskbar helps! You must by now be familiar with the Taskbar & Start properties screen

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    and look there's the "Customize notification area button!

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    Now we see the next screen appear for all those icons and their options for showing both icon and notications, Only show notifications. or Hide both icon and notifications.

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    Now we come to the link for the System Icons which will come up on the last screen.

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    And there you have it! You can show or hide the volume, clock, network, power, and Action Center icon with the on/off switch for each. This won't be around forever however since MS seems to have some plans to do away with these types of screens along with the Control Panel still found intact in 10.
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  3. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
    Thread Starter
       06 Nov 2015 #3

    Well thanks dude, but must be through registry! I am creating a huge .reg file to make highly customized oem pcs rapidly.
    Must be .reg or .bat!
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  4. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       06 Nov 2015 #4

    That's one thing in the registry I never even looked to change but simply get the icon in the sys tray out of there due to the number of others that collect. I suspected you were planning on reg mod which might mean adding a new key in to see that happen where you can vanish the icon entirely with one mod and see it put with another.

    I would think having a reg mod that simply sees the setting change made to see the AC out of sight out of mind automatically as well as having the reverse option would be more likely something that could be scripted. Generally for the existing on/off switches all you need to find is the key with Dword32 or 64 value to modify to 0 or 1. But you won't anything in the various branches of the system reg with the name Action Center on it. Then you also have some things best left to the system administrator.
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  5. Posts : 92
    Windows 10 Enterprise x64
    Thread Starter
       07 Nov 2015 #5

    Thanks dude, yes I am aware of your suggestion.
    In my post I already mentioned "DisableNotificationCenter"=dword:00000001 will disable that button, and I just want to turn it off.
    However, I will see if anyone else knows a solution for that working in Windows 10?!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 3,361
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       08 Nov 2015 #6

    The problem is each app will end up having it's own switch. Trying to write a single script will only work for what comes with Windows depending on the type of install that is since the upgrade install will see updates for things you would pay separately for on a clean install such as the Windows DVD Player. When performing a clean install you lose that as a freebie as part of the free upgrade promotion. $30 sold separately!

    Another problem you can run into on multiple systems would be some people wanting something you disable. That applies to multiple OEM type systems for sale of course not just a tweak for Windows option. What many dealership do is have a branded app with their brand added to an existing app if not a totally new app developed like Dell has their name tag on things MS came out with as one example of affiliation being seen there to some extent. Instead of hiding you would be adding in that example.
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