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How to Disable Action Center for Windows 10 Home or Pro (Updated)

Windows 10 has several new features, one of which includes its notification center that Microsoft dubbed Action Center. If you find that you’re not a fan and never using it, here’s how you can get rid of it.

Action Center Windows 10

Turn off Action Center in Windows 10 Home or Pro

Update: 1/8/2016: I just found out that now you can indeed turn Action Center off easily in Settings.

Go to Settings > System > Notifications & actions and click Turn system icons on or off.

turn off system icons

Then at the bottom of the list, you can flip Action Center off or back on again. And, this options is available in both Home and Pro versions of Windows 10.

turn off Action Center Settings

The instructions below still work, too, but since this just required flipping a switch, you probably don’t want to go through all the hassle.

Thanks to our reader Alan for the tip!

Disable Action Center in Windows 10 Pro

In Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, disabling Action Center can be done through Group Policy Editor. Hit Windows Key+R and type: gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

1 gpedit

Then under Local Computer Policy go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar. Then in the right pane scroll down and double-click Remove Notifications and Action Center.

2 Group Policy

Next, select Enabled, click OK, and then sign out and back in again or restart your PC.

3 Enable

After you sign back in, you’ll see that the Action Center icon is no longer in the system tray.

Action Center Disabled

Disable Action Center Windows 10 Home

Group Policy Editor is only available in Pro or Enterprise versions. So, to turn it off not using the option in Settings, you’ll need to tweak the Registry.

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Important: Modifying Registry settings incorrectly could cause your computer to crash and become unstable. So, before you start, make sure to back up your PC or, at the very least, create a System Restore Point.

Right-click the Start button to bring up the hidden quick access menu and select Run or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key+R to bring it up. Then type: regedit and hit Enter.

regedit run

Now navigate to the following path:


If you don’t see it, you’ll need to create the key and name it Explorer. To do that, right-click on the Windows key and select New > Key.

5 New Key

After you’ve created the Explorer key, right-click in the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value and name it: DisableNotificationCenter and give it a value of 1.

disable notification center value

Close out of the Registry and restart your PC and when you log back in the Action Center icon will be gone. If you want to bring it back, just go back and change the value data to zero.

If you’re a fan of Action Center and a new Windows 10 user, read our guide: How to Configure and Use Action Center.

What’s your take? Do you use Action Center? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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6 Responses to How to Disable Action Center for Windows 10 Home or Pro (Updated)

  1. Alan January 8, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    You can turn it off by opening the Settings app/System/Notifications & Actions/Turn system icons on or off and its the last entry.

    Its there in both Home and Pro versions.

    • Brian Burgess January 8, 2016 at 11:59 am #

      @Alan: Thanks for the tip. I didn’t realize that is there…was it added in the November Update? Anyway, I will add that to the article.

      Thanks for the info!

      • Alan January 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

        I think it was Brian but cannot be 100% sure.

        • Brian Burgess January 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

          Thanks again.

          I find the Action Center on my traditional desktop not useful but definitely is useful on tablets and laptops and convertibles with touchscreens.

  2. Heiko January 8, 2016 at 7:31 pm #

    I have noticed since day one my action center has not actioned ANYTHING for me, totally usless, so have removed it.

  3. miro January 27, 2016 at 3:47 am #

    This works fine on basic desktop computer. But with touchscreen, the action center will appear when dragged from right edge no matter what. Been trying to remove it for quite some time now..

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