[Fix] Disable “Turn On Windows Security Center Service” Notification in Windows 10

"Security Center" is a built-in and one of the most essential parts of Windows operating system which regularly checks for issues and notifies users about them such as no antivirus installed, Windows updates pending, etc. But many advanced and expert users disable Security Center using Services Manager (Services.msc) as they don't need those notifications.

In Windows 10, Microsoft introduced new Action Center aka Notification Center which shows various notifications related to system events and if you disable Security Center, it regularly shows following notification:

Turn on Windows Security Center service
The Windows Security Center service is turned off. Tap or click to turn it on.


Since the user has intentionally disabled Security Center service, this regular notification annoys the user. This message is shown at each startup. As soon as the user logs into Desktop, this notification prompt is shown after a few seconds/minutes.

Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to disable this "Turn on Windows Security Center service" notification in Windows 10. With the help of this guide, you'll be able to permanently get rid of this irritating prompt at each startup.

METHOD 1: Disable Security and Maintenance Notifications

A big thanks goes to Microsoft as they finally added an option to disable this notification related to Security Center in the recently released Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Now you can easily turn off all notifications related to Security Center using following steps:

1. Open Settings app from Start Menu or by pressing WIN+I keys together.

2. Now go to System -> Notifications & actions section and under "Get notifications from these senders" section, set "Security and Maintenance" to Off.


PS: Alternatively, You can directly launch this page using "ms-settings:notifications" command in RUN dialog box as mentioned here.

That's it. Now Windows 10 Action Center will no longer notify you about turned off Security Center service.

METHOD 2: Disable All Notifications from Apps and Senders

If you are not using the latest Anniversary Update build and using previous November Update or RTM build, you'll not find the option to turn off "Security and Maintenance" notifications in Settings app. But you can turn off all notifications to overcome this issue. Follow these steps:

1. Open Settings app from Start Menu or by pressing WIN+I keys together.

2. Now go to System -> Notifications & actions section and set "Show app notifications" to Off.


Now you'll not receive any notification from Action Center.

METHOD 3: Disable Action Center and Notifications

If you don't like Action Center and its notifications, you can disable it with the help of following article:

[Tip] Disable Notifications and Action Center in Windows 10

Also check BONUS TIP 2 in following tutorial:

[Windows 10 Tip] Remove Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Contact Support and Feedback Apps

Now you'll not see Action Center and any notification in your Windows OS.


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  • did not work for me. I even tried the Method 3. Any suggestions?

  • Hi Master VG:)
    So there is a question here about method one. Sorry it is not relevant to this topic but I want to "clear/reset" the list of applications there.
    Any way?
    I'll try to take a look in the registry myself, though. Thanks for all your valuable articles!:)

  • Found! One needs to remove the %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Notifications folder. (well, kill explorer.exe first, advanced users.)

  • How does Security Center differ from Windows Defender? I got the "Turn on" notification today and tapped on it, but then, since I had never seen it before, I immediately turned off the computer because I was afraid I might have activated a virus. I never intentionally turned this off. I also immediately ran brief Windows Defender scan when I turned the computer back on. Thanks.

  • 8/11/2017 - Method #1 works like a charm... just need to search in Windows settings for: Notifications & actions

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