How to Change the Security Center in Your Windows 7

Microsoft Windows XP SP2 was the first OS from Microsoft that introduced the Windows Security Center. It was the answer to the security problem, which the users still found in the XP version. Even though this security center performed quite well, many people did not have too much faith in it. Microsoft said the Windows security center in SP2 has the advanced code intended to implement in Vista. However, the security center failed to give its very best for its users, because it is simply a confirmation that particular setting, such as Windows Firewall, was in the active mode. If you would like to ensure that your system is completely safe from others, then consider hiring professional network security services. 

Later in the Windows Vista, the performance of the security center was similar to the one in Windows XP. However, it has included a more serious stuff to access the health of the machine when the computer used the Network Access Protection, rather than merely monitored the security mechanism only.


The surprising thing here is that you will not find this security center in Windows 7. As a return, you will get the Action Center.

What is The Action Center?

People first thought that the switching of the security center to the action center was merely due to a commercial value for Windows 7. However, after they have done some tests, it turns out that the change is not merely on the name, but also on the function.

Microsoft learned that the most complained thing from Vista was too frequent nag screens as well as pop up balloons. They appeared too frequent that the users found them as inconveniences. Regardless of any emergency, people simply do not want to be bothered too much with such alert notifications.

It does not mean that Windows 7 eliminates all the alerts notifications, but they reduce the numbers. The feature that holds an importance here is the Action center. The action center is basically a console to consolidate the myriad alert notifications within one basis system. Therefore, the users can just check the console at their spares to fix any issue of their computer.

Simply put, the action center is the place where the links of troubleshooting and recovery allocated into one specific console, so that the user can easily locate and fix any problem of their computer at their convenience.

Microsoft even claimed that that the action center in Windows 7 can accommodate various features, such as User Account Control, Windows defender and Backup and Restore. Whenever there is any non-critical notification from any of these features, the taskbar will display the related icon. When the users have time, they can check the action center and fix the problems.


How good this action center can work is something that we still need to test further, soon after Microsoft officially releases the original version of Windows 7 next January 2010. However, something to be sure here is that the users will definitely love fewer alert notifications rather than the too frequent one.

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About the Author: Justin Belden is a freelance web & graphic designer with over 15 years' experience. He is also an Avid member of the Design/Development community and a Serial Blogger who loves to help people by sharing interesting and informative tips and trick related to computer and technology.

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