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Greyed Out Action Center Settings

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  • Hello,

    Just installed Windows 2008 Standard R2, this is a standalone install, not tied to any domain.  I have not installed anything on this server except for all the Windows updates.  Anyway I was trying to make some changes to my Action Center settings when I found that all the options are greyed out.  How do I unlock them?  I check the local group policy and found nothing.  Did a Google search and found nothing either.

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    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:28 PM

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  • Check that there is no local / domain group policy that is applied and that is blocking that.

    Use rsop or gpresult to check which group policy settings are applied.

     


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    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:34 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Please refer to the following Microsoft TechNet article and double check the Group Policy settings for Action Center.

     

    Group Policy Settings for Action Center

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee617161(WS.10).aspx

     

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    Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:47 AM
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  • Check that there is no local / domain group policy that is applied and that is blocking that.

    Use rsop or gpresult to check which group policy settings are applied.

     


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

    Microsoft Student Partner
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security
    Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration

    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:34 PM
  • Hi,

     

    Please refer to the following Microsoft TechNet article and double check the Group Policy settings for Action Center.

     

    Group Policy Settings for Action Center

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee617161(WS.10).aspx

     

    Regards,


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    Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:47 AM
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  • All,

    Thanks for the information, however there are no GPs defined as you can see from my GPResult below.

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    Tuesday, April 05, 2011 3:49 PM
  • The tech article you refer to only hides the icon and prevents the notification from sowing up on the desktop, but does not explain how to manage the grayed out check boxes individually in the action center.  In Win7 these boxes are not grayed out and you can select which ones you want or don't want.  What is the function in Win7 that was dropped in Svr 08 R2 to allow this management?

    I went to 'HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\action center\checks' but am not familiar with the values to make changes.

    I can manage these check boxes in Win7, but not in Svr08R2 - why, what has changed, and how do I fix it?

    I can un-gray the boxes using windows enabler, but cannot uncheck them.

    Thank you.  

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 3:16 PM
  • Hey, Justin & Mac, did you ever find a solution to this?

    I've encountered the same problem.  Action Center isn't working: e.g., I disabled the Windows Firewall, and it caused no Action Center warning.  Under "Change Action Center settings" five of the nine checkboxes are greyed out (disabled).

    The grayed-out ones show checked, but aren't actually working:

    Windows Update
    Internet security settings
    Network firewall
    Spyware and related protection
    Virus protection

    These four seem to be working normally:

    User Account Control
    Windows Backup
    Windows Troubleshooting
    Check for updates

    This machine is running Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SP1, so there's no Group Policy Editor.

    The problem is almost certainly caused by residual damage from a cleaned-up trojan infection:
    Rogye.Spypro, Trojan horse Generic24.CCBM, some kind of Java-based Trojan downloader, and something that had infected ntfs.sys (which combofix repaired).

    The infections are gone, and Security Essentials is installed and happy and says the computer is clean, as do MalwareBytes, ESET Online Scanner, and TDSSkiller, but this one problem remains. 

    Any ideas?

    Dave
    http://www.burtonsys.com/email/

    Sunday, October 02, 2011 6:16 AM
  • I downloaded the Group Policy Settings Reference spreadsheet for Windows 7 from:
    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=25250

    No joy: It does not mention these options.

     

    Sunday, October 02, 2011 6:33 AM
  • Hi All

    I you want to unlock the buttons start this service: "wscsvc" ( windows security center )

    If you stop that service, you'll have the greyed out options but everything else in the action center will work.

    This makes the problem less obvious but the solution is simple.

    Greetings

    Tom

    ps: @BurtonSys:"The problem is almost certainly caused by residual damage from a cleaned-up trojan infection" indeed.

    • Proposed as answer by MR_ARJ Monday, September 16, 2013 5:54 PM
    Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:54 PM
  • I have the same problem.  I don't really care what causes or caused the problem, especially if its something thats already been resolved.  I just would like to know how to un-gray the check items in the security center for windows 7 professional.

    Sunday, December 16, 2012 2:10 AM
  • Just start "Windows Update" service. You will be able to uncheck the one you want
    Friday, December 13, 2013 1:25 PM
  • I can't figure out this person's apparent non-English-speaker reply, but if you start the service for "Security Center" the boxes should enable themselves and work.
    • Proposed as answer by mewgirl Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:49 PM
    Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:48 PM