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HP PCs - Using Windows 7 Action Center

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 7.
Windows Action Center helps keep your computer secure by checking the status of firewall settings, automatic updates, virus and spyware protection, Internet security settings, and User Account Control settings. Action Center also monitors maintenance tasks, such as file backup and Windows Update, to keep the computer running smoothly.
Opening Windows Security Center in Windows 7
Follow these steps to open Windows Security Center:
  1. Click Start
    , and then click Control Panel.
  2. Under System and Security, click Review your computer's status.
    Figure : System and Security section of Control Panel
    System and Security section of Control Panel
    Windows Action Center opens.
    Figure : Windows Action Center
    Windows Action Center
Windows 7 Action Center alerts
If Windows 7 detects a problem with a security program (for example, if no firewall is turned on), Windows Security Center displays a notification and places an Action Center alert icon in the taskbar.
Figure : Windows Action Center notification on the taskbar
Windows Action Center notification on the taskbar
To fix the problem automatically:
  • Click the notification when it appears
    Or
  • Click the Action Center icon , then click the solution message. In the example of no firewall being turned on, you would click Turn on Windows Firewall (Important).
    Figure : Action Center taskbar messages
    Action Center taskbar messages
Windows 7 Action Center alert levels
Action Center displays two levels of alerts when a problem is detected:
  • Amber - Action Center detects a possible problem. Action Center displays information about the possible problem as well as the recommended fix.
  • Red - Action Center detects a serious problem. This problem might affect system security. Action Center displays information about the problem as well as the recommended fix.
Windows 7 Action Center security
Action Center automatically displays any security issues it finds. To view the status of all the security messages, click the arrow next to Security.
Figure : Security alert
Security alert
Figure : Security
Security section of Action Center, expanded
Action Center displays the status of all security items and recommends fixes for any detected issues.
Windows 7 Action Center maintenance
Action Center automatically displays any issues with computer maintenance that it finds. To view the status of all the maintenance items, click the arrow next to Maintenance.
Figure : Maintenance alert
Maintenance alert
Figure : Maintenance
Maintenance section of Action Center, expanded
Action Center displays the status of all maintenance items and recommends fixes for any detected issues.
Changing settings and viewing messages in Windows 7 Action Center
Manage Action Center settings or view archived messages.

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