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I'm looking for a way to programmatically disable the action center. Is this even possible? I want to have a one click way to do this in order to run this remotely if I need to.

So far I have thought of disabling the Security Center service but I don't really want to lose automatic windows updates. Maybe there is some way do disable security center service while enabling windows update?

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If you are using a Pro+ version of Windows 7 you can use Group Policy to control how the Action Center acts.

Specifically the User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Taskbar\Remove the Action Center icon policy:

If you enable this policy setting, you remove the Action Center icon from the notification area. This also means that Action Center will not display any balloon notifications.

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Thanks, I didn't even think about group policy! – user1399195 Aug 15 '12 at 21:11

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