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How do I enable or disable windows notifications using regedit?

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Is it possible to enable or disable the windows notifications that appear in the taskbar via the registry? I need to manage many machines using Logmein Central's windows update. I don't want the users to see update notifications.
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by:Run5k
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On a Windows 7 machine, you should be able to find the registry keys that you want to modify.  For example, this article shows you how to modify the appropriate Group Policy to Turn off all balloon notifications...

Customize the Notification Area in Windows 7 Using Local Group Policy

And in turn, here is the Microsoft link to download spreadsheet that will show you the registry key that corresponds to every Group Policy within the Windows operating system you're using:

Microsoft Windows Group Policy Settings References
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by:finkeltron
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Thanks I know how to enable or disable all notifications but what I need to do is disable just windows update notifications or maybe another specific notification. I can't seem to find that in the registry.
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by:Run5k
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Thanks for the clarification.  Have you tried configuring and testing the Group Policy pertaining to Allow non-administrators to receive update notifications to see whether that fits your needs?

Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Windows Update
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by:finkeltron
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I've looked at that but doesn't apply because users are local administrators of the machine they are using. Software general does not work if they are not local admins. Plus I don't want to completely disable the ability to apply updates. Then i would not be able to install updates which require the user to be logged into the desktop. All I want is to turn off the notification.
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by:Run5k
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If that's the case, your request may not be feasible.  By default, administrators should have full capability to see and configure Windows Updates.  Unless you are planning to stand up a WSUS server or something similar, I don't think this is possible.

To be perfectly honest, I have been working on Windows domains since their infancy and even though our customers have utilized some legacy applications and home-grown programs, I have never been in an environment where we needed to give end-users full administrative privileges.  In my experience, that often creates more problems than it solves.
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by:finkeltron
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Oh well, thanks.

My users are mostly non domain environments. They own there own laptops and would want to install software. I manage updates and part of a maintenance agreement so I want to hide those notices.
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by:Run5k
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That being said, if your end-users are sufficiently computer savvy to install & configure their own software, they are probably accustomed to seeing Windows Update notifications on a fairly regular basis (e.g., the second and fourth Tuesday of each month).  As a result, would it really catch them off-guard to see it pop up in their notification area?
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I manage updates as part of a contract. If they see notifications then they will email, contact me which means more work for me. There's a saying. "Out of site, out of mind."
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Understood.  Just my 2¢ worth, but if you could convince them that it is a Microsoft "best practice" to avoid using a full admin-level account for their daily activities, it would help solve your dilemma.  It really is an overt security risk to access the Internet using a Windows login that has admin privileges... I don't even use one myself!  If I need to install or update an application, initiating a right-click Run as administrator is fast and easy.  Just something to think about.
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by:Donald Stewart
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There is no registry entry for this, the only way is to disable the automatic update service itself.
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